When the Heart Emerges Glistening
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||Confessions to My Unborn Daughter||Ambrose Akinmusire||8:35||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Jaya||Ambrose Akinmusire||5:27||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Henya Bass Intro||Ambrose Akinmusire||0:48||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Henya||Ambrose Akinmusire||5:21||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Far But Few Between||Ambrose Akinmusire||1:56||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||With Love||Ambrose Akinmusire||6:52||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Regret (No More)||Ambrose Akinmusire||4:36||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Ayneh (Cora)||Ambrose Akinmusire||1:09||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||My Name Is Oscar||Ambrose Akinmusire||3:49||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Walls of Lechuguilla||Ambrose Akinmusire||5:29||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||What's New||Ambrose Akinmusire||3:04||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Tear Stained Suicide Manifesto||Ambrose Akinmusire||4:55||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Ayneh (Campbell)||Ambrose Akinmusire||1:36||$1.29||View in iTunes|
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.
A supremely elegant, deeply felt debut.
My heart soars and sings from this album!
Born: May 1, 1982 in Oakland, CA
Years Active: '00s, '10s