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Trumpeter David Weiss was way ahead of his time when he brought together a group of forward-thinking musician-composers to form the New Jazz Composers Octet in 1996. This groupand the writing that was born from within its ranksreceived positive critical response from the get-go, and foreshadowed the rise in collective-type situations throughout the jazz community. While Weiss' work within that group helped to mark him as a rising star in the world of jazz composition, his selfless contributions to the last chapter of trumpet great Freddie Hubbard
's career brought him even greater attention. While Hubbard was well past his finest form in his later years, Weiss rightly saw to it that Hubbard was placed in the proper musical settings to support his playing. These two working situations get to the core of David Weiss; reverently respecting the past, but looking forward through performance, arrangement and composition.
"Point of Departure"the name of Weiss' band here and the title of a classic Andrew Hill
delivers a rhythmically potent solo, and Weiss works best as he ruminates over a looser backdrop. Hill's "Erato" is a delicately delivered gem that pays homage to one of jazz's most underrated composers, while "Snuck In"another Moore composition ends things with a bang.
Snuck In, full of magical musical moments and potent streams of improvisation, just might sneak into some "best-of" lists for 2010.
Track Listing: I Have A Dream; Black Comedy; Number 4; Erato; Snuck In.
Personnel: David Weiss: trumpet; J.D. Allen: tenor saxophone; Nir Felder: guitar; Matt Clohesy: bass; Jamire Williams: drums.