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Thomas Marriott: Constraints & Liberations

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Listening to Thomas Marriott's Constraints & Liberations, two things are abundantly clear: Marriott spent some serious time studying Miles Davis' second great quintet; and, his own voice on trumpet is developed well enough to make it sound like a strong, easily recognizable influence, but not plagiarism. Naturally, favorable comparison to the one of the greatest standing outfits in the history of jazz is intended as a compliment. The record has a moderate, ocean wave-like pace, but with a persistent intensity that never veers into sluggishness. Jeff Johnson's bass work is slyly propulsive, ensuring that everything moves forward, ...

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Thomas Marriott: Human Spirit

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Human Spirit is trumpeter Thomas Marriott's seventh critically well-received recording for the West Coast Origin Records label. Marriott shakes things up by using an organ trio format as his vehicle, to quite great effect. Marriott and his merry Origin Records band pushes forth the definition of the “new" West Coast jazz, while at the same time giving Origin Records an aural definition as identifiable as the ECM Sound of the heralded German label. Marriott provides five original compositions to the three standards making up Human Spirit, opening with an arrangement of “You Don't Know What Love Is" ...

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Thomas Marriott: Constraints and Liberations

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Trumpeter Thomas Marriott keeps growing as an artist. He has released CDs at a healthy pace since 2005: an introduction for many perhaps unwary jazz fans to some warped country western flavor on Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson (Origin Records, 2008); cranking an all-star quintet up in a modern mainstream mode on Flexicon (Origin Records, 2009); and letting it rip on a two-trumpet blow fest with fellow brass man Ray Vega on East-West Trumpet Summit (Origin Records, 2010). Constraints and Liberations ups his output to two releases in 2010.Spontaneity has always been a big part of Marriott's ...

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Ray Vega / Thomas Marriott: East-West Trumpet Summit

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East-West Trumpet Summit is a rollicking showcase for longtime friends Ray Vega and Thomas Marriott. Vega, a New York native and the elder of the two, has served for many years as a mentor to Seattle's Marriott. The two first met when Marriott was a student at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Vega was in town touring with the late Tito Puente. Friends ever since, the two trumpeters share an affinity for hard-blowing, grounded-in-bebop jazz. New York pianist Travis Shook and the Seattle rhythm team of bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer Matt Jorgensen round out this exceptional set ...

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Thomas Marriott: Flexicon

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If Seattle, Washington-based Origin Records can be said to have a signature sound, trumpeter Thomas Marriott's Flexicon could be picked as an example. The music is mainstream, with two horns and a rhythm section, polished up and modernized with a nice edge, some luminous Fender Rhodes, a solid-yet-adventurous bassist, and a top notch, push-the-tradition-forward drummer. And everything small and large that the drummer does can be heard. Additionally, Joe Locke is featured on vibes on a couple of tunes.Marriott's excellent Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson (Origin Records, 2008), expanded the boundaries of the trumpeter's musical world on ...

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Thomas Marriott: Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson

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If you want to put your music into compartments, it might be hard to cozy up to a “jazz" CD getting tight with the tunes of “country" icon Willie Nelson. But smart music lovers throw the labels down the man hole, and maybe remember that none other than Miles Davis counted himself a Nelson fan--check out the six takes of the tune “Willie Nelson" on The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (Columbia Records, 2003) boxed set.Enter trumpeter/flugelhornist Thomas Marriott, with Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson.

Marriott and the band take on a couple of Nelson's best ...

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Thomas Marriott: Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson

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Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson goes above and beyond the confines of mere adulation for an American music icon. Seattle-based trumpeter Thomas Marriott creates a conceptual sonic flow, harnessing energy from the melodic and rhythmic legacy of some of Nelson's well known and not-so-well-known gems. For the bulk of the session Marriott is supported by a stellar crew of like-minded risk takers, including saxophonist Mark Taylor, keyboardist Ryan Burns, bassist Geoff Harper and drummer Matt Jorgensen.

The disc traverses a musical landscape full of twists and turns, moving ever-so-smoothly from techno- based grooves ("Phases & Stages, Circles & Cycles ...

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Thomas Marriott: Both Sides of the Fence

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Thomas Marriott Both Sides of the Fence Origin Records 2007

In 1999, Thomas Marriott won the prestigious Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition sponsored by the International Trumpet Guild and the Herb Albert Foundation. Michael Caldwell wrote in the March 2000 International Trumpet Guild Journal: “[His] confident stage demeanor and intense interest in the rhythm section adds depth and character to his performance. A particularly interesting aspect of Marriott's playing is his ability to intentionally displace phrases without losing the flow of the tune. Marriott is a musician who consistently addresses musical ...

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Thomas Marriott: Individuation

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Talk about getting off on the wrong foot. On Individuation, trumpeter Thomas Marriott (and arranger Joe Locke) turn Joe Raposo's sunny, down-to-earth melody on the opening “Sing a Song into a pretentious, dirge-like hymn that robs it of its charm and manages to make the endeavor seem much longer than its actual 5:16 playing time. Marriott and his companions--including guests Locke on vibes and Rick Mandyck on alto sax--try their best to regroup after that ill-advised start, but are no better than moderately successful.

Marriott is evidently a capable player (for proof, note his expressive solo on Frank Churchill/Ned Washington's ...

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Thomas Marriott: Individuation

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All too often you hear that jazz is dead, that there is little of significance being created today. Maybe the playing field is just so large that it can be more difficult to identify major leaps forward than in past decades. Still, for a marginalized genre that is responsible for something like 3% of total CD sales in the United States, one need only look at the sheer volume of new releases by young artists each and every month to realize that if you think jazz is dead, you're just not looking hard enough.

Take Seattle trumpeter Thomas Marriott, who ...



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