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Album Review

In contrast to the organ-driven quartet of Battle Cry, Kisor's second Criss Cross release features a standard horn-piano-bass-drums format. The set includes three standards, and each band member also contributes a tune. Bassist John Webber contributes two, in fact: a hardbop blues, "Smoke Signal," and a finely wrought ballad, "The Lonely Hour." Pianist Peter Zak's entry is "Better Late Than Never," an uptempo workout. Drummer Willie Jones III, on loan from Roy Hargrove's band, weighs in with a pretty waltz, "Jessica's Theme." Kisor's "Point of Arrival," a hard-hitting 3/4 swing tune, kicks the album off.

The music is strictly traditional neo-bop, but Kisor, only 25 at the time of the recording, displays formidable trumpet technique, a remarkably mature tone, and an impressive arsenal of ideas. He's also selfless enough to feature his brother Justin, a 21-year-old aspiring trumpet player himself. The younger Kisor wrote track number eight, a minor blues called "Sir Lancelot," and he takes the first solo. While he doesn't exactly have his brother's seasoned attack, he does a fine job nonetheless. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi

Biography

Born: 12 April 1973 in Sioux City, IA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

One of the youngest of the so-called Young Lions, Ryan Kisor first gained attention when he won the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz's first trumpet competition in 1990 at age 17. He had earlier studied trumpet with his father, played with a local band when he was ten, and started studying classical music two years later. Kisor discovered jazz at 14 and developed quickly, playing both jazz and classical music locally. In the summer of 1988, he was inspired at a jazz camp by Clark Terry. After winning...
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Point of Arrival, Ryan Kisor
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  • 8,91 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 08 February 2000

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