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Track of the week: Ambrose Akinmusire, 'Owl Song 1,' Nonesuch

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 …

Published: 15 Oct 2023. Updated: 8 months.

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

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The Saturday morning listen: Art Hirahara, Echo Canyon, Posi-tone

Today in the Saturday morning listen it's the expansive title track from pianist Art Hirahara's upcoming Echo Canyon, a trio setting with bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Rudy Royston. An original composition of the Stacey Kent pianist's there's a …

Published: 14 Oct 2023. Updated: 8 months.

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Today in the Saturday morning listen it's the expansive title track from pianist Art Hirahara's upcoming Echo Canyon, a trio setting with bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Rudy Royston. An original composition of the Stacey Kent pianist's there's a lot of warmth wrapped in generous chords with a for the ages main theme that hooks your ear pretty much from the beginning. Some of Royston's snare touches along the way add fine detail and the pace Kozlov sets makes the whole piece seem stately and authoritative while his tour de force arco work later seals the deal. The full album is out next week.