Fetchingly situated between Brownian blasts and Milesian murmurs, the trumpeter’s lines cover lots of emotional breadth. The way he addresses pianist Marc Copland’s tunes (which comprise the bulk of last year’s Alone Together) suggests that he’s refined an insightful formula about how best to dispense such moves. It makes for a straight-ahead quintet approach that is quite willing to bend the rules to suit a tune’s forgotten corners. Chops-wise, his poetry with standard ballads might hush this room. Evidently he does know what love is.
July 8-11, 8:30 & 11 p.m., 2009
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 1, 2009