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Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.
Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. Clay Patrick McBride/Courtesy of the artist
Ben Allison's new offering, you know about. But also, here are four records led (or co-led) by trumpet players.
This hopefully isn't the last you hear from us about Ambrose Akinmusire, the trumpet player whose
debut album first album for Blue Note, When The Heart Emerges Glistening, is out today. His name has been accruing some buzz in recent months (and years); you can hear why by listening to the full album at AOL Music. And if you're curious for more, Josh Jackson had him on The Checkout today. [AOL Music: Ambrose Akinmusire, When The Heart Emerges Glistening]
At Winter Jazzfest, I enjoyed the little I caught of the new group led by Shane Endsley. He's best known as the trumpeter of the unclassifiable electro-acoustic band Kneebody, but his recent solo album Then The Other is recorded with a more jazz-leaning acoustic quartet, called The Music Band. You can hear the new album at the Bandcamp page of Low Electrical Records, which is the new label run by Kneebody; I especially recommend the second track "Kings County Ramble" and its down-home shuffle. [Bandcamp: Shane Endsley and The Music Band, Then The Other]
Five Leaves Left is the name of the new Nick Drake tribute album led by Seattle's Jason Parker. For a while, he's been leading a quartet — piano, bass, drums — but for this recording, he added a tenor saxophonist and female vocalist. Parker, who
blogs often, has an ear for putting together understated arrangements that reflect Nick Drake's plaintive moods well. [Bandcamp: Jason Parker Quartet, Five Leaves Left]
Finally, Old New Things is still just a studio-only project, at least until this Saturday night. But the Richmond, Va. based band, co-led by trumpeter Taylor Barnett and guitarist Trey Pollard, already has a full album up on Bandcamp. Ghosts is about combining the tripartite harmonic ideas of Crosby, Stills and Nash and the ethereally folky melodic ideas of Albert Ayler. When the title track comes together (wait for it a bit), floating in muted trumpet, banjo, pedal steel and acoustic bass, it's a reminder of how strong Ayler's tunes are in any context. [Bandcamp: Old New Things, Ghosts]
Feel free to post other free album streams out there, in the comments. These aren't the only good ones!