Label: Blue Note Records
Trumpeter Akinmusire's second album is an affair that reverberates with both a love of jazz traditions and a sharpened, contemporary sensibility. Along with a trio featuring pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Justin Brown, Akinmusire is joined by tenor player Walter Smith III. The two horn players bob and weave elegantly in and out of one another's solos, and the rhythm section's responsive, dynamic shifts feel extremely fluid. It's rousing, soulful and vibrant, and offers a stylish introduction to one of jazz's bright new talents.