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David Weiss & Point Of Departure: Venture Inward (2013)

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If music can be described as either masculine or feminine, then recordings by trumpeter David Weiss and his Point of Departure quintet are simply testosteronic. Built upon the legacy of trumpeter Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
' second great quintet and saxophonist Billy Harper
Billy Harper
Billy Harper
b.1943
saxophone
's Black Saint inheritance, Weiss presents dexterous arrangements of muscular, second wave hard bop music.

This studio session, Venture Inward, was recorded in 2008, one day before the stunning live date at the Jazz Standard, released as Snuck In (Sunnyside, 2010) and Snuck Out (Sunnyside, 2011), with follow-up pieces made the following June for all three releases.

While duplicating four tunes heard on the live discs, these studio sessions do not lack for that in-person sensation. Weiss' arrangements are tight and deceptively simple. Drummer Tony Williams
Tony Williams
Tony Williams
1945 - 1997
drums
' "Black Comedy" starts with the Miles In The Sky (Columbia, 1968) sound of the original, but expands out toward Williams' quintets of the late '80s and early '90s. Drummer Jamire Williams and bassist Luques Curtis power JD Allen
JD Allen
JD Allen

sax, tenor
's brawny tenor saxophone and the nimble fingers of guitarist Nir Felder. This macho music is felt in the rush of "Number 4," with Weiss drawing equal parts from trumpeters Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
Freddie Hubbard
1938 - 2008
trumpet
and Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
1938 - 1972
trumpet
.

Much like the septet, The Cookers that Weiss organizes around hard bop veterans Billy Harper, trumpeter Eddie Henderson
Eddie Henderson
Eddie Henderson
b.1940
trumpet
, saxophonist Craig Handy
Craig Handy
Craig Handy
b.1962
saxophone
, bassist Cecil McBee
Cecil McBee
Cecil McBee
b.1935
bass, acoustic
, pianist George Cables
George Cables
George Cables
b.1944
piano
, and drummer Billy Hart
Billy Hart
Billy Hart
b.1940
drums
, Point Of Departure is a younger version, with perhaps a bit more fire in its belly. Weiss chooses pieces by pianist Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
("I Have A Dream"), and two each from Chicago pianist Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill
1937 - 2007
piano
and Detroit trumpeter Charles Moore. Weiss is able to simplify Hill's often abstract pieces and proffer them within the post-bop tradition. This band loves its music to be brawny and powerfully robust.

Track Listing: I Have A Dream; Black Comedy; Number 4; Venture Inward; Pax; Snuck In.

Personnel: David Weiss: trumpet; J.D. Allen: tenor saxophone; Nir Felder; guitar; Luques Curtis: bass; Jamire Williams: drums.

Record Label: Posi-Tone Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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