Ambrose Akinmusire  2/23-28 Village Vanguard

 

Poetry and politics merge to inspire the 33-year-old trumpet player towards a place where it probably takes a minute for orthodoxy to feel truly at home. Bringing art song and social justice to the table with nu-bop rhythms and endless lyricism augments the emotional impact of his music as well. As fans of his 2014 “the imagined savior is far easier to paint” (Blue Note) likely agree, the mix makes for a deep idiosyncrasy. Because Akinmusire’s band is radically tight and fully juiced on the boss’s ideas, their salesmanship is not only fluid, but a true marvel. It’s been a couple years since the last album, and the band’s been working all month – something hot is in store at the Vanguard, no doubt.

Village VOICE

Village Vanguard

 

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