Suresh Singaratnam: Lost in New York (2010)
Singaratnam is an agile improviser with strong technique who can manage his way through an up-tempo blues like "M104" and the harmonically-rich medium swinger "Chrysanthemum."
More than a mere showcase for an up-and-coming trumpeter, the disc is as much a vehicle for Singaratnam's sidemen, especially saxophonist Jake Saslow and pianist Fabian Almazan, who are featured prominently throughout. Saslow's lyrical tenor playing shines on the fast-paced "Peripheral Fission" and saves the drawn out "Fortress of Song" from becoming overly redundant. Almazan throws caution to the wind while soloing and accompanies with sensitivity and rhythmic precision.
Other disc highlights include guitarist Jessie Lewis' extended solo on the boppish "Beneath a Smile" and bassist Fraser Hollins' melodic turn on the spirited waltz "She Spoke Well."
All in all, Lost in New York is a strong, honestly-conceived effort from a group of interesting young voices in jazz.
Track Listing: Temporal Incursions; M104; Beneath a Smile; Spring For All But Me; Chrysanthemum; Fortress of Song; Remnants of Eternity; She Spoke Well; Peripheral Fission.
Personnel: Suresh Singaratnam: trumpet; Jake Saslow: tenor saxophone; Jessie Lewis: guitar; Fabian Almazan: piano; Jamie Reynolds: piano (4); Fraser Hollins: bass; Lee Pearson: drums; Charnee Wade: vocals (4).
Record Label: Self Produced
Style: Modern Jazz