At 34, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire landed the ultimate honor: a full week on the world’s most hallowed bandstand. Stretching out in set after set of rhythmic wizardry and unwavering expressive purpose, the Oakland native soars on his third Blue Note release. The fractured yet flowing chords of pianist Sam Harris and the propulsion of bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Justin Brown on “Response” and “Trumpet Sketch (Milky Pete)” make Akinmusire’s fiery and unpredictable horn shine all the more.
Maurice & Michael (Sorry I Didn't Say Hello) [Live]
Moment In Between the Rest (To Curve an Ache) [Live]