Making a label switch from long time home Blue Note to the Warners owned stylistically eclectic label Nonesuch marks a fork in the road for trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, one of the most acclaimed jazz musicians of his generation in recent years and here showing the first glimpses of a new aspect of his musical personality. A pared back ''safe space'' of a concept, the subtle tones of guitar legend Bill Frisell and lapping brushwork of New Orleans drummer Herlin Riley make everything seem low intensity but somehow deep in a way. It makes us think of Frisell's work with the much missed Ron Miles and Brian Blade. There is a weight to the sumptuously tender Akinmusire melody lines and clear rapport in the arc of what this luminous trio achieve on such an elegiac track. Look for the full release of Owl Song in December.
Ambrose Akinmusire, photo: via Nonesuch on Bandcamp