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Recorded last June, this session moves in three distinct directions. Two cameo appearances by Clark Terry invite a lighthearted swing element. The title track moves toward creative improvised music, and yet is still in line with the mainstream. The remainder of the album invites unpredictable behavior through composed counterpoint and exciting solo performances.
Hugh Ragin, 50, cites the World Saxophone Quartet as his inspiration. A varied career has allowed the trumpeter to befriend different musical themes. With David Murray, he's responsible for providing fresh ideas in a forward-leaning environment. As a teacher, Ragin follows a time honored approach toward what makes quality in music and what doesn't. His clear, bell-like tone, crisp articulation and extended range stand apart as paradigms. Ragin's approach has much in common with the perfectionist style of Wynton Marsalis. Their tastes, however, run worlds apart.
The title track bears a strong resemblance to "A Love Supreme." The natural theme repeats, while each trumpeter and pianist Craig Taborn turn it loose. Ragin's three final pieces, with an average length of eleven minutes per track, explore valuable creative territory. Much like Gallery (CIMP 177), his 1998 duo album with Marc Sabatella, Fanfare & Fiesta contains a curious mix of adventure and beauty. His "Harmonic Architecture" plays upon a harmolodic connection. Two pieces by Lester Bowie invite the four trumpeters to explore different aspects of the instrument's prescribed role. Conversing with distinctive trumpet voices, the foursome creates a flurry of excitement collectively, in pairs, and individually. It's each soloist's creative input that makes Ragin's second Justin Time album a success. The ensemble's members in turn, whether extended or in brief fours, wear a free attitude in their search for something new in jazz.
Track Listing: Finger Filibuster; Fanfare & Fiesta; Spacemen; Barnyard Scuffel Shuffel; How Strange; Harmonic Architecture; A Prayer for Lester Bowie; Emergency Exit.
Personnel: Hugh Ragin- trumpet; Craig Taborn- piano; Jaribu Shahid- bass; Bruce Cox- drums; Dontae Winslow, Omar Kabir, James Zollar- trumpet; Clark Terry- flugelhorn, vocal.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com