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Ryan Kisor Quintet: This is Ryan

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This is Ryan continues to confirm that trumpeter Ryan Kisor is more than a “young lion, a label he received after winning the Thelonious Monk Competition back in 1990. At the still young age of 32, he is continuing in the tradition of the modal-minded trumpet players who preceded him, sounding like he comes from the direct lineage of the great Woody Shaw. His excellent trumpet technique, especially clear in the upper register, makes possible seamless solo lines. This is Ryan features compositions by three major trumpet players from the '50s-60s: Kenny Dorham's “Una Mas, Don Cherry's “Art Deco and ...

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Ryan Kisor: Point of Arrival

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Maybe a case of just a bit too much too soon, trumpeter Ryan Kisor hit the big time and had two major label albums under his belt while still barely out of his teens. Then we heard little from him for a while before his gig at Lincoln Center started to provide some visibility. In the meantime, Kisor is no worse for the wear and he has become an even more developed player. In fact, Kisor can consider himself in the upper echelon of contemporary jazz trumpeters, with a warm delivery and confident improvisation style that is very matured indeed. ...

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Ryan Kisor: The Usual Suspects

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Currently Ryan Kisor is a member of the famed Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and he also spent time with the Mingus Big Band. Although this young trumpeter recorded two decent albums for Columbia in the early-90s, Minor Mutiny and On The One, that failed in the marketplace, they did demonstrate much potential for the future. If there is any justice in the jazz world, The Usual Suspects should bring Kisor the kind of attention paid to current trumpet favs Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton and Roy Hargrove. This varied session is reminiscent of the glory days of Blue Note in the ...

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Ryan Kisor: The Usual Suspects

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Trumpeter Ryan Kisor is only 25 but The Usual Suspects is already his fourth album as a leader. He's paid his dues with the Mingus Big Band, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Pat Metheny and Gerry Mulligan and he holds his own with other such so-called young lions as Wallace Roney, Roy Hargrove and Nicholas Payton. But for his estimable talents, he's a bit too devoted to the sounds of the past.Despite its solid, straight-ahead swing, the “usual suspects" of the title are Blue Note trumpet stars Freddie Hubbard, Donald Byrd and, most especially, Lee Morgan. Kisor's clean ...

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Ryan Kisor: The Usual Suspects

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The youngest of the “young lion" trumpet phenoms, 25-year-old Ryan Kisor can certainly hold his own with such higher profile peers as Roy Hargrove, Nicholas Payton, Wallace Roney, and that Marsalis guy you hear so much about. After making two albums for Columbia in the early 1990s while still a teenager, Kisor has recorded infrequently. He has been busy, though, as a featured member of two of New York's most successful (and distinctive) large ensembles: the buttoned-down Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and the more free-spirited Mingus Big Band.

Kisor's new release on Fable Records shows that this time spent in ...



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