Hush Point: Hush Point (2013)

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Hush Point: Hush Point
The quartet Hush Point conjures the possibilities of small group hipness. One that quips instead of guffaws, and prefers covertness to the obvious.

Led by John McNeil
John McNeil
John McNeil

trumpet
, this quartet of saxophonist Jeremy Udden
Jeremy Udden
Jeremy Udden

saxophone
, bassist Aryeh Kobrinksy, and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza may be new, but McNeil's sage coolness isn't. The sixty-something trumpeter has been delivering hip since the 1970s with the Horace Silver
Horace Silver
Horace Silver
1928 - 2014
piano
Quintet and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. As with his previous recordings with saxophonists Bill McHenry
Bill McHenry
Bill McHenry

saxophone
, Chill Morn He Climb Jenny (Sunnyside, 2010) and Allan Chase East Coast Cool (Omnitone, 2006), McNeil chooses congenial partners. Udden's alto recalls the sound of Paul Desmond
Paul Desmond
Paul Desmond
1924 - 1977
sax, alto
and Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
b.1927
sax, alto
, and the rhythm section of Sperrazza and Kobrinksy are primed for sonorous expression.

Drawing from a West Coast tradition (McNeil was born in California, but is a longtime East Coaster) the music summons a Jimmy Giuffre
Jimmy Giuffre
Jimmy Giuffre
1921 - 2008
clarinet
/Shorty Rogers
Shorty Rogers
Shorty Rogers
1924 - 1994
trumpet
vibe. Covering two Giuffre compositions, "Iranic" and "The Train And The River," the quartet exudes a genial prosperity with Udden sounding extra dry throughout. Sperrazza sticks solely to brushes here, which effectively allows the players to utilize a wider range of sound. With little competition for space, Udden and McNeil tradeoff with a fair trade sound. McNeil's trumpet purrs and growls, yet maintains an affable illumination. Udden's "B. Remembered," written for Bob Brookmeyer
Bob Brookmeyer
Bob Brookmeyer
1929 - 2011
trombone
, summons early Chet Baker
Chet Baker
Chet Baker
1929 - 1988
trumpet
/Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
1927 - 1996
sax, baritone
sounds. McNeil's "Get Out"(based on "Get Happy") is an insouciant gambol of sound. The formalized casual nature of Hush Point is its calling card.

Track Listing: Iranic; Peaceful; B. Remembered; Bar Talk; Fathers And Sons; Finely Done; New Bolero; The Train And The River; Get Out; Cat Magnet.

Personnel: John McNeil: trumpet; Jeremy Udden: alto saxophone; Aryeh Kobrinksy: bass; Vinnie Sperrazza: drums.

Record Label: Sunnyside Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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