We've had quite a few compelling trumpet-led jazz albums this year already from the likes of Byron Wallen, Ambrose Akinmusire and Linley Hamilton. And now another. Copus is the least known of these names and Dusk will be a surprise to many.
A quartet record with Tom Cawley on piano and keys, Conor Chaplin on bass and Jason Brown on drums it has serious, brooding intent Copus' pure and tough trumpet sound landing somewhere between say the sound of Freddie Hubbard and Kenny Wheeler, soaring over busy hard bop rhythms that veer away from the norm and show a powerful imagination at play.
Of the seven tunes I'd go for 'Outro' or 'From the Source' most. But to be honest they all work on one level or another although I could do without the vocalisations Copus layers in on a few tracks. Surely, however, one of the debuts of 2020.
Out on Ubuntu on 17 July.