Music Review: Ron Miles Trio's 'Quiver'

Ron Miles is not well known outside the jazz world. But to fans and musicians, Miles is considered one of the best trumpeters out there. The Ron Miles Trio recently released a new album, Quiver.

Copyright © 2012 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Jazz musician Ron Miles is not a household name, but among die-hard jazz fans, he's considered one of the finest trumpeters playing today. The Ron Miles Trio recently released a new album called "Quiver," and Michelle Mercer has a review.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MICHELLE MERCER, BYLINE: Ron Miles is best known for his collaborations with guitarist Bill Frisell, who joins him along with drummer Brian Blade on this new recording. Three of "Quiver's" tracks were recorded live in a Denver jazz club.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MERCER: When the musicians went into the studio to make "Quiver's" six other tracks, they maintained the mood and sound of the jazz club by recording together in the same room rather than in isolation booths. This jazz club feel highlights Ron Miles' lyricism, his most outstanding musical characteristic.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MERCER: This lyricism is no accident. Miles says when he practices, he often sings out a part, transcribes the part, then plays it back on the trumpet. Ron Miles' singing sound connects him to an older tradition of trumpet playing, most obviously on "Doin' the Voom Voom," a Duke Ellington tune.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MERCER: A quiet purposefulness pervades "Quiver," which is refreshingly free of concept or backstory. When musicians as perceptive and responsive as Ron Miles, Bill Frisell and Brian Blade come together, the result is sublime.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

CORNISH: "Quiver" is the new album from the Ron Miles Trio. Our reviewer, Michelle Mercer, is author of a book about Joni Mitchell called "Will You Take Me As I Am."

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

Copyright © 2012 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and Terms of Use. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.