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When The Heart Emerges Glistening [CD]

Ambrose Akinmusire Audio CD
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Ambrose Akinmusire, “a thrilling young trumpeter and astute bandleader [with a] unique spark in his playing” (The New Yorker), brings his artistic vision to the next level with the imagined savior is far easier to paint, his second release for Blue Note Records. The album follows his acclaimed major label debut When the Heart Emerges Glistening, which New York Times critic Nate ... Read more in Amazon's Ambrose Akinmusire Store

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  • Audio CD (2 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars All growed up 9 May 2011
By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Always good to see the kids all growed up and doing well. I first heard Ambrose Akinmusire over a decade ago, on stage with Steve Coleman on the South Bank. He had a fiery style and came over as clearly self-assured on stage despite, or perhaps because of, his youth. Since then I've seen his name checked by Joni Mitchell - praise indeed - in Michelle Mercer's Will You Take Me As I Am, and this set confirms the potential with a solid collection of virtuoso pieces, with Akinmusire backed by an excellent team of musicians.

The opener, Confessions To My Unborn Daughter, enters gently with just Akinmusire playing solo. The next phase, as the rest of the band join in, is marked by rapid arpeggios on the trumpet and Walter Smith's tenor sax. Later on Smith's sax has a Coltrane-esque sound about it.

Co-producer Jason Moran contributes some nice Fender Rhodes on track 4, Henya, which also features some interesting glissandi from the trumpet, a device Akinmusire also uses well at the beginning of track 7, Regret, a duo also featuring a graceful piano accompaniment from Gerald Clayton. There's also some standout piano from Clayton on the previous track, With Love, underpinned by some rumbling and crackling drum and cymbal work from Justin Brown. Brown's own prowess is well demonstrated on My Name Is Oscar, which is mostly him, apart from the leader intoning the occasional word or phrase, which reminded me a little of Ginsberg or a Dada poem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ambient and free 17 Jun 2012
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I recently saw this artist in concert which prompted me to buy the album. I've sometimes been disappointed by the recordings of American jazz artists who have been brilliant live but have seemed over-produced on CD. In short, this is a great album.

Ambrose Akinmusire has an orginal style. He has been compared to Miles Davis elsewhere, although his phrasing reminded me of the free jazz trumpeter Don Cherry. A lot of space is given to the sidemen here and the interaction between sax and trumpet is particularly good. These compositions are carefully paced and each musician seems to develop the ideas of the others, rather than competing against each other. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A melancholy masterpiece. 16 Jan 2012
By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Virtuoso trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire previously played with saxophonist Steve Coleman and has now recorded this beautiful album for BLUE NOTE co-produced by pianist Jason Moran.
The remaining personnel includes Walter Smith III(ten); Gerald Clayton(p); Harish Ragharan(bs); Justin Brown(d) & Daniel Sadownick(perc).
This subtle, melancholy music is reminiscent of Miles Davis although Akinmusire claims to be influenced by the little-known trumpeter Ron Miles and also Booker Little.
Ambrose Akinmusire is not exactly a household name at present but this magnificent CD should bring his music to a wider audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime... 16 Sep 2012
By Nomad
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Oh what a treat! Hauntingly beautiful refrains, powerfully original compositions - at times this music affects me in the same way as Kenny Wheeler's 'Angel Song' or Ralph Towner/Paolo Fresu's 'Chiaroscuro'. But it's much more gutsy and multi-faceted than those particular soundscapes; in fact I'd go so far as to say it encompasses all the many elements of the great tradition we call jazz: innovation, surprise, humour, abstraction, virtuosity, collectivism, and great, great humanity.... simply masterful. Saw him in Paris this last summer - the band was on fire! Go for it....
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Future of Jazz 9 April 2011
By Jonathan Guarriello - Published on
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Hello & thanks for reading. Here we have what I like to refer to as the future of jazz because Ambrose & the guys on this album are all young men in their prime.
These are the next batch of players like the masters that came before that are taking the music to fresh areas of expression & into the future. Anyhow here you have the second album by 29yr old trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire a native of Oakland CA that now resides in the fertile jazz scene of NYC. Ambrose has been playing & performing on the international jazz scene for more than a decade first coming to my attention in 2000 as a member of Steve Coleman's Five Elements appearing on Resistance Is Futile. In my opinion Ambrose stands out in a scene with a great number of heavy hitting trumpeters not just because he has chops to spare but because the man is a composer of the first rate.

If I had to make a comparison I'd say he & Terrence Blanchard are in the same musical sphere but that would make sense because Ambrose studied with Blanchard while attending The Monk Institute. All things aside I believe Ambrose is only at the start of his journey.

I always like to acknowledge the supporting cast of an album. Ambrose has assembled an awesome quintet to realize his compositions. Walter Smith iii on tenor is one of my personal favorites working today, he's developed a unique sound on his horn and featured Ambrose on his latest album for Criss Cross III as well as his two previous albumsLive in Paris &Casually Introducing. Justin Brown is on drums reprising his role from Ambrose's 1st albumPrelude (to Cora). In my opinion Brown's drumming is excellent for this music because you need a 21st century drummer to play music that's fresh like the music here, also Brown & Ambrose have grown up together allowing a chemistry seldom found in alot of todays jazz recordings. Justin's drumming touches on many styles & cultures, I hear serious Afro-Cuban blended with the church & hip hop. He's able to coax a tremendous amount of varied sounds from his snare & toms that has that very tribal African feel to it a la Eric Harland. Check out "My Name is Oscar" a drum composition that isn't like a typical drum solo hence the use of the words "drum composition" it features Justin's playing with interesting audio clips of monologue layered within which shows a serious talent, this man is smoking!
On acoustic bass Harish Raghavan a new name to me, I first heard him laying it down behind pianist Taylor Eigsti on his cd Let It Come to You Harish commands a dark fat clear tone that supports the low end duties of the harmony with ease while stepping forward now & again to let know he's there at just the right moments. Gerald Clayton is playing piano and boy does he play! You may never guess that your hearing a 26 yr old, he has plenty of chops at the keyboard but he usually never allows them to dominate his playing instead a poised elegance with groove that can swing I always think he sounds a bit like Wynton Kelly with shades of Bill Evans & Oscar Peterson. Check out Clayton's newest trio offeringBond: The Paris Sessions .The reason I believe this music has the sparks that it does is because all the band members are a tight group of musical partners & they're friends after the music stops.

There's no generational gap between the players they're all young men living their dream & I must say the music they produce together is very beautiful. Here are a few of the albums musical high moments for me personally. The lead off track Confessions to My Unborn Daughter is a beautiful ensemble piece that is very dynamic & contains some unpredictable twists as well as light & dark harmony, the piece reminds me at times of Brian Blade's FellowShip Group. Henya bass intro features some nice melodic solo playing from Harish Raghavan which segues seamlessly into Henya which is a beautiful melodic ballad that has Jason Moran stepping in to join Clayon's acoustic piano on Fender Rhodes. The harmony reminds me of the way Mingus or Monk used dissonance to represent beauty like Good Bye Porkpie Hat & Ruby My Dear, the melody is very simple & quite catchy. This music seems to be more introspective & lyrical in comparison to Prelude (to Cora)but there are lots of nice burning moments of intensity especially from the soloists. I feel the tension created within the music is always well balanced along side the more romantic chamber aspect of this music. Ambrose delivers a masterful trumpet performance on the hauntingly beautiful Regret(No More) he really makes the trumpet sing in ways I'v personally never experienced until now. With that final remark I'll close by saying I think this album When The Heart Emerges Glistening is a fantastic piece of beautiful music that must be heard & experienced to fully appreciate. Check this one out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 8 April 2011
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This kid has been around for 10+ years now, though this is only his second solo album, but he has played on many other albums. Ambrose is a fantastic artist; he has a great sound and surrounds himself with some really good talent. This album is beautiful, interesting, and just a lot of fun to listen to. The mood of his falls inline with what some of the really cool trumpeters of today are putting out, while still creating something totally unique. I highly recommend this album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars groundbreaking 16 Sep 2011
By Leung Hoi Tung - Published on
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I had read quite a few positive reviews about it before, but still this album beat my high expectations. It offered a totally new listening experience, allowing general audience members like me to appreciate jazz from a different perspective. When his heart emerges glistering, Ambrose Akinmusire seems to have a lot of stories to tell. No matter they are tragedy or romance, the young trumpeter tells the stories brilliantly, with seamless interactions with the other fellows in the band, particularly Walter Smith III, an outstanding saxophonist in his own right. I would highly recommend this album to anyone who wants to hear what's so exciting about jazz today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet! 29 July 2011
By David Conklin - Published on
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I knew that Mr. Akinmusire had serious chops after hearing him guest on one of David Binney's most recent records. Still, I wasn't sure what to expect from him as a leader and composer, and I held off for a while on purchasing this CD. Terms like "pop-sensibility" (used by some to describe it) made me wary, thinking it might be a bit too commercial for my taste. No worries--this is creative (and essential) modern jazz--a compelling, tasteful, artistic set of tracks, with fine playing all around. Very highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best out there 16 Dec 2011
By Concerned But Powerless - Published on
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I just bought this and cannot stop listening to it. First of all the songs chosen for this album are beautiful in their own right. But on top of that the improvisation, musicianship and inventiveness makes this album a treasure.

Ambrose and Walter truly complement each other and a solo from either one is top notch; the supporting players are also solid and inventive. Another thing that grabs me about the album is the variety of tempo, and styles which is why I think I keep listening and listening to it. There are mid-tempo, slow and fast songs. There are quiet and loud passages/songs. There is even some spoken words. And all performed at a high level of musicianship and creativity. But having said that, the album is cohesive an has a somber/serious theme throughout.

My biggest regret is discovering them after they performed in NYC. I can't wait for their return and the opportunity to listen to more of their work in the future.

I will treasure album for years to come.
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