ambrose akinmusire - Music Works .ambrose akinmusire. ... won the Carmine Caruso International Jazz
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  • Katherine McVickerMUSIC WORKS INTERNATIONAL

    katherine@musicworksinternational.com Tel: +01 781 300 7580 Fax: +01 781 942 8858 www.musicworksinternational.com

    Next time somebody asks you to describe your feelings, maybe playing them the most apposite clip of an Ambrose Akinmusire trumpet solo might cut to the chase if youre struggling for words. THE GUARDIAN [UK]

    AMBROSE AKINMUSIREs latest album, the imagined savior is easier to paint, follows his acclaimed major label debut When the Heart Emerges Glistening, which New York Times critic Nate Chinen named his #1 album of 2011, Akinmusire takes a more compositional turn on the imagined savior, writing 12 of the 13 tracks and producing the album himself. The project continues to feature his extraordinary working quintet with tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Justin Brown. While Akinmusires virtuoso trumpet is still very present on the imagined savior, it coexists in a larger sonic framework than before. Composition is what Ive been focusing on the last few years, the trumpeter says. I want to be able to write a song and not have it need improvisation

    His spry quintet knows how to flesh out his ideas in an unfolding present tense...[and] the band slips gracefully

    through a series of rhythmic and harmonic twists, showing its sophistication but playing down the effort. THE NEW

    YORK TIMES

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  • In 2007 Akinmusire won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, decided by a panel of judges that

    included Blanchard, Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Hugh Masekela, Clark Terry and Roy Hargrove. That year Akinmusire also

    won the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. He moved back to New York from California and

    began performing with the likes of Vijay Iyer, Aaron Parks, Esperanza Spalding and Jason Moran.

    Akinmusires Blue Note debut When The Heart Emerges Glistening was released in 2011 to rave reviews. The Los Angeles

    Times praised his chameleonic tone that can sigh, flutter or soar, adding that Akinmusire sounds less like a rising

    star than one that was already at great heights and just waiting to be discovered. DownBeat described his playing as

    spectacular and not at all shy muscular, driving, with a forward sound, pliant phrasing and a penchant for intervallic

    leaps, concluding that clearly something very special and personal is at work here, a vision of jazz thats bigger than

    camps, broader and more intellectually restless than blowing session.

    For his latest album Ambrose has added strings and voices, However, these encounters dont at all diminish the central

    role of Akinmusires quintet, now edging toward a sextet with the addition of Altura. Its awe-inspiring to hear the bands

    energy and focus as it confronts every challenge in As We Fight (willie penrose), Vartha, Bubbles (john william sublett)

    (inspired by tap-dance legend John Bubbles), and Richard (conduit), a 16-minute-plus closing epic recorded live at Jazz

    Standard in New York City.

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    Katherine McVickerMUSIC WORKS INTERNATIONAL

    katherine@musicworksinternational.com Tel: +01 781 300 7580 Fax: +01 781 942 8858 www.musicworksinternational.com

    http://www.musicworksinternational.com/artists/ambrose-akinmusirehttp://www.ambroseakinmusire.comhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKOuk9j0F6U&list=PLr6tPF2FpNsV87HMKAs9TjUIevm5lCgpemailto:katherine@musicworksinternational.comhttp://www.musicworksinternational.com