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01. Marie Christie 03:17
02. As We Fight (Willie Penrose) 06:25
03. Our Basement (Ed) 06:28
04. Vartha 07:48
05. Memo (G. Learson) 05:53
06. The Beauty Of Dissolving Portraits 04:14
07. Asiam (Joan) 06:03
08. Bubbles (John William Sublett) 03:55
09. Ceaseless Inexhaustible Child (Cyntoia Brown) 06:12
10. Rollcall For Those Absent 03:39
11. J.E. Nilmah (Ecclesiastes 6:10) 05:13
12. Inflatedbyspinning 03:03
13. Richard (Conduit) 16:28

Ambrose Akinmusire – Trumpet, Percussion
Charles Altura - Guitar
Theo Bleckmann - Effects, Vocals
Justin Brown - Drums
Kallie Ciechomski - Viola
Cold Specks - Vocals
Sam Harris - Mellotron, Piano
Maria Im - Violin
Maria Jeffers - Cello
Elena Pinderhughes - Flute
Harish Raghavan - Bass
Brooke Quiggins Saulnier - Violin
Walter Smith - Sax (Tenor)
Becca Stevens - Vocals

 

After the stunning modern jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire delivered on the acclaimed When the Heart Emerges Glistening in 2011, he plays it anything but safe on The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint. With his working quintet -- tenor saxophonist Walter Smith, drummer Justin Brown, bassist Harish Raghavan, and pianist Sam Harris -- he expands the frame to include guitarist Charles Altura in a sextet or alternating with Smith. In addition, vocalists Becca Stevens, Cold Specks, and Theo Bleckman (all of whom contribute lyrics) appear, as do the Osso String Quartet and flutist Elena Penderhughes. Akinmusire self-produced this set and showcases a diverse range of carefully scripted, genre-blurring compositions -- modern classical, vanguard pop, spoken word -- in addition to jazz. Opener "Marie Christie" is a piano and trumpet duet where Akinmusire evokes a moody lyric before engaging in a flurry of improvisation. "As We Fight (Willie Penrose)" unfolds gradually. Altura, Smith, and Akinmusire unwind the labyrinthine lyric before a martial snare and undulating bassline quicken the pace as keys and dynamics shift before a series of brief solos. "Vartha" is the most joyous tune here. Initiated by Altura's minor-key minimalist pulse and Raghavan's fluid bassline, it evolves along a linear chromatic line with pianistic embellishments and Akinmusire playing in an uncharacteristic warm, fat tone. "Our Basement (Ed)," written by Stevens, places her in the context of the string quartet's pulsing rhythm and more expressionistic suggestions by the trumpeter, Harris, and Brown. Her provocative phrasing eerily slips between the cracks of arty pop, early Americana, classical music, and vanguard jazz. "The Beauty of Dissolving Portraits" features the trumpeter soloing lyrically with a flute amid a nearly static drone by bass and string quartet. "Asiam (Joan)," inspired by Joni Mitchell, features Bleckman's gorgeous singing appended by his overdubbed trademark vocal effects and harmonies, as he weaves them inside an emotive harmonic frame by the quintet. "Bubbles (John William Sublett)" is deeply rhythmic, knotty post-bop with a killer Raghavan solo. "Ceaseless Inexhaustible Child (Cyntoia Brown)" features Cold Specks' gloomy soul vocal as the voice of its subject (a young woman imprisoned for life at the age of 16). She sings above a near-gospel melody ringed with processional piano, bluesy guitar, and Akinmusire's wailing, soaring, near-joyous trumpet as a contrasting second voice. "Recall for Those Absent" (a roll call of the names of young black men killed by police and read by a child) gives way to the free quintet interaction of "J.E. Nilmah (Ecclesiastes 6:10)," appended by a chamber piece, "Inflatedbyspinning," for flute, bass, and string quartet The 16-minute live closer, "Richard (Conduit)," is kinetic, spiraling jazz. It crosses modal, free, and post-bop terrains and everyone gets ample room to solo. The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint is provocative: its moodiness, myriad musical directions, and 79-minute length may be initially off-putting. What is revealed with repeated listening, however, is that this set's achievement is commensurate with its ambition. --- Thom Jurek, Rovi

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01. Confessions to My Daughter
02. Jaya
03. Henya Bass Intro
04. Henya
05. Far but few between
06. With Love
07. Regret (no more)
08. Ayneh (Cora)
09. My Name is Oscar		play
10. The Walls of Lechuguilla
11. What's New			play
12. Tear Stained Suicide Manifesto
13. Ayneh (Campbell)

Personnel:
Ambrose Akinmusire - Trumpet 
Walter Smith III - Tenor Sax 
Gerald Clayton - Piano 
Harish Raghavan - Bass 
Justin Brown - Drums 
Jason Moran - Rhodes 

 

A new generation of jazz musicians, unimpeded by the idiomatic constraints of tradition, has come of age since the end of the '80s-era culture wars. One such free-thinking artist is young trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who was first discovered by saxophonist Steve Coleman at the tender age of 19. When The Heart Emerges Glistening is his first recording for Blue Note, following his 2008 debut, Prelude...To Cora (Fresh Sound New Talent).

The session exudes a hearty romanticism, with Akinmusire's seasoned quintet delivering soulful melodies and rich harmonies that unflinchingly embrace the emotive fervor of free jazz. Blending sultry R&B motifs and driving hard bop riffs with tortuous post bop themes, their efforts are adventurous yet accessible, conveying bold expressionism tempered by dulcet beauty.

The opener, "Confessions To My Unborn Daughter," essays the quintet's strengths. Akinmusire introduces the piece a cappella, with his band mates entering, one by one, until the tune reaches a fevered pitch. Tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III and Akinmusire alternate solos, shadowing each other's lines with an uncanny familiarity; their decade plus spent playing together is revealed in their simultaneous ascension into ravishingly beautiful cacophony.

While Akinmusire and Smith elevate the bandstand with their spirited interplay, the rhythm section of Gerald Clayton (piano), Harish Ragahvan (bass) and Justin Brown (drums) fashions an endlessly shifting mosaic of tasteful accents, pulsating downbeats and clever harmonic interpolations. Expanding and contracting tempos and time signatures throughout the date, they ply fluid variations on traditional trio dynamics with ceaseless forward momentum.

After the rousing opener, the band tears through the similarly energetic "Jaya," before revealing a more introspective side. The ethereal "Henya" demonstrates the quintet's capacity for lush cinematic detail, with an effervescent guest spot from producer Jason Moran on Fender Rhodes. The remaining pieces veer between similar extremes, from the punchy swinger "Far But Few Between" and anthem-like "The Walls of Lechuguilla," to the simmering ballad "With Love" and the rhapsodic meditation "Tear Stained Suicide Manifesto." Only "My Name Is Oscar" falls short of expectations—a conceptually interesting drum duet/spoken word tribute to Oscar Grant that is well-intentioned, but emotionally detached. More successful is Akinmusire's duet with Clayton on the standard "What's New," which clarifies the trumpeter's position in the jazz continuum as a forward thinking individualist with deep roots in the tradition.

Bridging the divide between inside and outside aesthetics, Akinmusire's virtuosity encompasses numerous approaches, from poignant lyricism to abstract tonal manipulations. His ability to seamlessly integrate extended techniques into architecturally sound statements is one of the date's most compelling features, as he effortlessly bends, blurs and distorts notes between velvety consonance and bristling dissonance.

When The Heart Emerges Glistening is a significant statement from an up and coming artist whose impressive abilities as an improviser and composer suggest potential greatness in the future. ---Troy Collins, allaboutjazz.com

 

For his octave-vaulting lines and incandescent high-end tones, 28-year-old California-born trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire suggests connections with Norwegian ambient-brass virtuoso Arve Henriksen. But this is American jazz, and the newcomer already sounds like a redefining force in that sphere. Akinmusire honed his craft with sax trailblazer Steve Coleman, and this music echoes that, and also the work of the album's producer, Jason Moran. But Akinmusire's arresting sound and the collective strength of his band of long-time friends – the dry-toned, Wayne Shorter-like saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Justin Brown – power it all. Passages of minimally accompanied trumpet are masterpieces of patient development, as is the ensemble ballad Henya, with its deliberate, slow-blown dissonance in an otherwise mellifluous theme. Akinmusire's empathy with tenorist Smith gives an updated Miles Davis/Wayne Shorter atmosphere to jolting faster pieces such as Jaya, and the bass and drums pairing nails everything with steely relish. Get used to pronouncing ah-kin-MOO-sir-ee: we're all going to be saying it a lot. --- John Fordham, guardian.co.uk

 

Spotkałem się z opiniami, jakobym osiągnął więcej, niż zasłużyłem samą grą – przyznał trzy lata temu Ambrose Akinmusire po kolejnym wygranym konkursie dla młodych trębaczy. Jakże bolesną dla sceptyków musiała być w takim razie decyzja Amerykańskiego Zrzeszenia Krytyków Jazzowych (JJA), które w połowie czerwca ogłosiło Akinmusire wschodzącą gwiazdą gatunku.

„When the Heart Emerges Glistening” to debiut 29-latka z Oakland w wytwórni Blue Note oraz jego druga autorska płyta w ogóle. Zawodowo grywa jednak od dziesięciu lat: u boku Steve’a Colemana, Vijaya Iyera czy Esperanzy Spalding. Współpracownicy fenomen Akinmusire zgodnie tłumaczą tym, że „nie gra na trąbce tak, jak gra się na trąbce”. Dźwięki, które wydobywa z instrumentu, dają zmysłową przyjemność bliższą raczej zapachom i smakom niż wrażeniom słuchowym.

Zachowawcza stylistyka, za którą właśnie bywa krytykowany, stanowi jedynie scenografię dla owego zjawiskowego brzmienia. Zresztą nawet w ramach tradycji Akinmusire pozostaje niespokojny. W „Confessions to My Daughter” cały kwintet gra elegancko i melodyjnie. Nerwowy dialog z perkusją prowadzi w „My Name is Oscar” z melodeklamowanym hołdem dla Oscara Granta, kierowcy zastrzelonego w 2009 roku przez nadgorliwego policjanta. Rację mają jednak ci, którzy oprotestowali tytułowanie Akinmusire największą nadzieją jazzu. Trębacz już myśli bowiem o skoku w bok: rozważa nagranie płyty z kwartetem smyczkowym, z laptopowcami, a skrycie marzy o duecie z harfistką i pieśniarką Joanną Newsom. „Za 50 lat – zarzeka się – na pewno nie zobaczycie mnie w kwintecie jazzowym”. Trzymamy za słowo. ---Przekrój

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