Ambrose Akinmusire at The Narrows on Thursday

Every time I’ve caught an Ambrose Akinmusire ensemble, it’s been an ear-opening experience. The trumpeter dodges the norm while delivering performances that blend cultural savvy with stylistic breadth. In prep for his Narrows Center of the Arts hit on Thursday night, I’ve been relistening to on the tender spot of every calloused moment (Blue Note), and yes, it’s as kinetic and poetic as I found it to be when it dropped two years ago. Akinmusire’s outfit is mercurial; morphing from one passage to another is a central to the way they do business. And though they’re progressive, the sign-posts of old school beauty are often heeded. The trumpeter’s tone is to-die-for, and when he lets those long tones hang in the air on a ballad, they’re bittersweet and luminescent – a fetching way of putting a personalized update on the blues. Wanna know what’s going on in jazz? Buying a ticket is a strong step one.

Narrows Center for the Arts Fall River

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