Footprints is a New York-based five-piece, formed in 2008 by trumpeter Christoph Siegrist and saxophonist Joshua Kwassman. Together they set out with the intention of exploring the music of trumpeter Miles Davis' second great quintet, which blazed such a glorious path from '64 until the end of that decade. Repertory has since been largely replaced by original compositions on the group's debut, When You Dream, though Davis' spirit is ever-present despite Siegrist's distinctive, full-bodied tone, refreshingly unlike so many trumpeters inspired by Davis who end up ensnared by his signature sound. If anything, in fact, the influence of saxophonist Wayne ...read more
Saxophonist Joshua Kwassman and trumpeter Christoph Siegrist front this maiden effort from Footprints, a New York-based quintet that surpasses freshman potential and arrives entirely shaped in its own unique style. The sophistication of the compositions, and the maturity and innovation in the playing, all belie the fact that these are very young players. The two leaders have played impressive venues such as Dizzy's Club at Lincoln Center, the Montreux Jazz Festival and JazzPeru. Both Siegrist and Kwassman have played for, or recorded with, some great names in jazz such as Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue, Chris Potter and John Scofield. ...read more
Dreams can be vivid or cloudy, mellow or intense, and everything in between. Ditto for the music on When You Dream, the debut release from Footprints. This New York City-based band might bear the name of one of Wayne Shorter's most popular songs--and take inspiration from none other than Miles Davis, Shorter's longtime employer--but their music is of their own creation. Like dreams themselves, the music of Footprints lives in an uncertain, ever-evolving plane of existence. Its songs, by and large, tend to shift from established rhythmic tides to looser realms, or vice versa, and a lot ...read more
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