Ambrose Akinmusire review – dramatically gripping, heartfelt jazz (via Guardian)

Next time somebody asks you to describe your feelings, maybe playing them the most apposite clip of an Ambrose Akinmusire trumpet solo might cut to the chase if you’re struggling for words. Akinmusire, the prizewinning 33-year-old musician from California and one of the most expressive and articulate trumpeters in any kind of contemporary music, is on a two-night stopover at the Pizza Express Jazz Club with his long-running quartet.

This quietly self-possessed innovator merges and reshuffles the familiar separate elements of conventional jazz – short tunes, long solos, climactic drum breaks – into suite-like extended pieces, but they change in mood and dynamics so much that they feel like contrasting scenes in a play.”

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