Forbes Graham isn't hell-bent on taking the jazz world over by fiat. Then again, a sterling tone like Louis Armstrong's, a sense of stride and a sidewinder sleekness position him to do so. He brings spot-on timing, inherited from his key precursor, Don Cherry, into the icy age of post jazz--and swings, too, situated comfortably within the classic idiom.It is a prismatic phenomenon, his playing. Shades and tints channel through his trumpet, an ever-shifting panoply--not so much of influence, as inflection and deflection. Jan. 6, 2008: The feature, a small venue in Cambridge, Mass., ...read more
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