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Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire’s When the Heart Emerges Glistening is an important statement that should be heard in its entirety. Akinmusire works with an excellent group — tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Harish Raghavan, and drummer Justin Brown — that draws on jazz of the last fifty years to make something personal. The charged first track, “Confessions to My Unborn Daughter” opens with unaccompanied trumpet, immediately announcing the directly personal nature of this effort. A nice bass intro leads into “Henya,” a piece that displays the band’s reflective side and spotlights Akinmusire’s mastery of slow tempo playing. “My Name Is Oscar,” a duet for drums and spoken word, is a tribute to Oscar Grant, an unarmed African-American man who was killed by a transit officer in Oakland in 2009. The powerful piece contrasts Akinmusire’s flat reading with the building fury of Brown’s drums. An echoing trumpet opens “The Walls of Lechuguilla,” a high-energy update of hard bop with a hint of late ’60s Miles Davis. The lyrical “Ayneh” brings the album to a quiet, moving close.

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A supremely elegant, deeply felt debut.


My heart soars and sings from this album!


Born: May 1, 1982 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is a forward-thinking musician with a bent toward atmospheric post-bop. Born in Oakland, California, Akinmusire showed early promise by his teens, and gigged professionally while also playing in the Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble. Early encounters with such luminaries as saxophonists Joe Henderson and Steve Coleman pushed Akinmusire to focus a keen eye on his own development. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Manhattan School of Music and later his master's...
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When the Heart Emerges Glistening, Ambrose Akinmusire
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Apr 04, 2011

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