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by Richard J Salvucci
Kerry Moffit's reputation in trumpet circles preceded him long before this recording. Like so many you ought to hear this guy" types, one discounts friendships, hangs, boosters, and all the rest. Moffit, however, is as advertised." There are quite a few people with underground reputations. Moffit's should be above ground. Listening to him, you might think, ok, Tom Harrell," but then nobody is Tom Harrell except Tom Harrell. So, you are stuck for superlatives. As a player and composer, Moffit ...read more
by Nicholas F. Mondello
The karmic reference of the subtitle of this recording gives the impression that there's a surprise lurking somewhere in trumpeter/composer/arranger Kerry Moffit's jazz bag of tricks. The album, Moffit's first release after his spending decades starring in a U.S. Air Force band, is a superb presentation of jazz classics and originals. With this fine offering the perfect circle is formed--old and new, flowing in both directions. Moffit and crew launch things tastefully vintage with a cool take ...read more