Review of Ambrose Akinmusire: On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment

Ambrose Akinmusire: On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment

Ambrose Akinmusire | Harish Raghavan | Justin Brown | Sam Harris

Editor's Choice

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★★

Putting the extreme vulnerability and complexity of the African-American condition – with possible solace amid the sufferation – into a...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: July/2020

Review of Ambrose Akinmusire: The Imagined Savior is Far Easier To Paint

Ambrose Akinmusire: The Imagined Savior is Far Easier To Paint

Ambrose Akinmusire | Becca Stevens | Charles Altura | Cold Specks | Harish Raghavan | Justin Brown | OSSO String Quartet | Sam Harris | Theo Bleckmann | Walter Smith III

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

This is trumpeter Akinmusire's second album on the Blue Note label that follows the critically acclaimed When the Heart Emerges...

Reviewed by Stuart Nicholson in issue: May/2014

Review of Ambrose Akinmusire: A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard

Ambrose Akinmusire: A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard

Ambrose Akinmusire | Harish Raghavan | Justin Brown | Sam Harris

Blue Note

Rating: ★★★

Trumpeter Akinmusire's studio output has been steady since his 2008 album Prelude To Cora, and this double album recorded in...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: August/2017

Review of Mette Juul: Moon On My Shoulder

Mette Juul: Moon On My Shoulder

Ambrose Akinmusire | Lars Danielsson | Mette Juul | Morten Lund | Nikolaj Hess

Calibrated Music

Rating: ★★★

On this follow-up to her 2010 debut album, Coming In From The Dark, vocalist Mette Juul puts together an...

Reviewed by Peter Quinn in issue: March/2013

Review of Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where The River Goes

Wolfgang Muthspiel: Where The River Goes

Ambrose Akinmusire | Brad Mehldau | Eric Harland | Larry Grenadier | Wolfgang Muthspiel

ECM

Rating: ★★★★

With Rising Grace in 2016, the Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel confirmed his stature on the world stage all the more...

Reviewed by John Fordham in issue: October/2018

Review of Yellowjackets: Rise In The Road

Yellowjackets: Rise In The Road

Ambrose Akinmusire | Bob Mintzer | Felix Pastorius | Russell Ferrante | Will Kennedy

Mack Avenue

Rating: ★★★

The Yellowjackets aren’t so much a band as an institution, so when Jimmy Haslip made his sabbatical from the band...

Reviewed by Andy Robson in issue: July/2013

Review of Mary Halvorson: Code Girl

Mary Halvorson: Code Girl

Ambrose Akinmusire | Amirtha Kidambi | Mary Halvorson | Michael Formanek | Tomas Fujiwara

Firehouse 12

Rating: ★★★

“It is not predictable, my mind” sings Amirtha Kidambi on the opening track on Mary Halvorson's seventh album as leader....

Reviewed by Selwyn Harris in issue: June/2018

Review of Tom Harrell: Something Gold, Something Blue

Tom Harrell: Something Gold, Something Blue

Ambrose Akinmusire | Charles Altura | Jonathan Blake | Omer Avital | Tom Harrell | Ugonna Okegwo

High Note

Rating: ★★★

An interesting trumpet pairing of one of jazz's older guard (not yet ‘old’, it should be said) in Tom Harrell...

Reviewed by Stuart Nicholson in issue: February/2017

Review of Dhafer Youssef: Diwan Of Beauty and Odd

Dhafer Youssef: Diwan Of Beauty and Odd

Aaron Parks | Ambrose Akinmusire | Ben Williams | Dhafer Youssef | Mark Guiliana

Sony Okeh

Rating: ★★★★

Tunisian oud player-singer Youssef has proved two things over the best part of two decades: that, firstly, he, like the...

Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre in issue: September/2016

Review of Pierrick Pédron: Kubic's Monk

Pierrick Pédron: Kubic's Monk

Ambrose Akinmusire | Frank Agulhon | Pierrick Pédron | Thomas Bramerie

ACT

Rating: ★★★

Yes, I know. Yet another Monk tribute album. Actually, this one is very good, but do let's have a moratorium...

Reviewed by Stuart Nicholson in issue: Dec/Jan/2012/2013

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