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Sean Jones: Live From Jazz at the Bistro

Read "Live From Jazz at the Bistro" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Trumpeter Sean Jones received his master's degree at Rutgers University, and then quickly began his rise into the upper echelon of the jazz world. Serving for six years as the first-chair trumpeter for Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, he toured Europe with Herbie Hancock, Marcus Miller and, with Wayne Shorter, in a Miles Davis project; he is also now in his fifth year as a member of the SFJAZZ Collective. Heavily involved in education, Jones has taught at Duquesne University, ...

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Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra: Joyful Jazz

Read "Joyful Jazz" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One way in which to launch an appraisal of this outstanding seasonal album, the first ever by the world-class Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, is to check out its candid--and uncommonly accurate--title. Joyful? Most definitely. Jazz? Without a doubt. For five years, the orchestra's annual holiday celebration has been a welcome tradition for families in the greater Pittsburgh area; now, the ensemble has decided to spread the good cheer to a wider audience by re-creating its exhilarating brand of Joyful Jazz in ...

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The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival

Read "The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival" reviewed by Nick Catalano

It is difficult to overestimate the importance of jny: Pittsburgh in the annals of jazz history. Just a few of the legendary names--Ahmad Jamal, Errol Garner, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Eckstine, Billy Strayhorn, George Benson, Ray Brown, Stanley Turrentine--are sufficient to raise the proverbial jazz fan eyebrows. I actually performed there in the halcyon days of bebop and so it was the memory of a gig long ago in the Hill District that drew me back to the scene.

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Sean Jones: Im•pro•vise-Never Before Seen

Read "Im•pro•vise-Never Before Seen" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Sean Jones, the former lead trumpeter of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, never hides behind anything or anyone when he plays. That being said, it's still worth noting that he's pulled back the curtain on this one, revealing more of himself than in the past. This album--his seventh album in ten years on the Mack Avenue imprint--has no overdubs, no percussive window dressing, no other horns sharing space in the front line, and no guests. It's Jones at his ...

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Sean Jones: Progress and Passion

Read "Sean Jones: Progress and Passion" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Trumpeter Sean Jones is always moving forward, developing his sound and getting involved in jazz elbow-deep, believing in its richness and its importance as an American art form. He wants to make an impact and he's doing that, whether with the prodigious technique displayed in his solo projects and spots as a sideman, or as an educator. And lately, it's also directing big bands, because he believes jazz needs to be presented in an orchestral setting.Jones was the ...

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Sean Jones: No Need for Words

Read "No Need for Words" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Trumpeter Sean Jones has something to say and he says it in his inimitably bright, clear and soaring voice. This is clearly why he is fast becoming associated with the renaissance of the instrument that was brought about by an early mentor, Wynton Marsalis. Jones is a deeply spiritual player. His impulse to adorn notes with joyous phrases and lines comes from gospel roots. He preaches as he lets his trumpet sing and he urges his ensemble of players the ...

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Sean Jones: The Search Within

Read "The Search Within" reviewed by Edward Blanco

With The Search Within, his fifth recording on Mack Avenue Records, Sean Jones continues the musical journey he first embarked on at the tender age of 24 with his 2004 debut, Eternal Journey. A trumpeter, composer and educator (Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies, Duquesne University), Jones is one of the finest young trumpeters in the business, recognized for his “lyrical fluidity and high-tier facility," which he ably demonstrates on this recording with both his trumpet and flugelhorn work.

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Sean Jones: The Search Within, Dedicated & Modern Times

Read "Sean Jones: The Search Within, Dedicated & Modern Times" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Sean JonesThe Search WithinMack Avenue2009 Ralph BowenDedicatedPosi-Tone2009 Bobby SelvaggioModern TimesArabesque2009 Trumpeter Sean Jones is only 30 but here he is with his fifth album as a leader and great work as a sideman. On The Search Within, Jones finds new colors and textures ...

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Sean Jones: The Search Within

Read "The Search Within" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

No longer standing in the shadows of the greats, trumpeter Sean Jones has been coming into his own since his well received debut, Eternal Journey (Mack Avenue Records, 2004). His trajectory has coursed through four previous releases, exploring, maturing, and progressing into one of today's shining voices with The Search Within. Incorporating the fierceness of Freddie Hubbard and the smooth composure of Terence Blanchard, Jones possesses his own style that can deliver blistering notes or silky tones ...

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Sean Jones: Roots

Read "Roots" reviewed by Jim Santella

With his inspired quintet, trumpeter Sean Jones goes back to his roots on this album, interpreting original music and the standard repertoire, focusing on gospel. His gorgeous trumpet tone and down-home technique are the centerpiece of the album, as they were on his previous two releases. Jones likes to express himself from a traditional point of view, offering vocal-like phrases that meld seamlessly with one another. With alto saxophonist Tia Fuller providing cohesive harmony, the trumpeter emerges as a powerful ...

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Sean Jones: Gemini

Read "Gemini" reviewed by Paul Olson

The young Sean Jones has the kind of iron-lipped chops other trumpeters can only dream of. On Gemini, the followup to his 2004 debut, Eternal Journey, he's surrounded by some of the first-rate players from his previous album, like pianist Mulgrew Miller, keyboardist Orrin Evans, and altoist/flautist Tia Fuller. The playing throughout is very much up to Jones' level--which is to say it's technically superlative. Gemini sees Jones taking a step away from the hard bop of ...

LIVE REVIEWS

Sean Jones Quartet at Night Town

Read "Sean Jones Quartet at Night Town" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Night Town Cleveland Heights, OH March 20, 2005

Due to the time he spent studying at Youngstown State and gigging in Cleveland, trumpeter Sean Jones has built a large following in Northeast Ohio and indeed many of his fans made their way to Night Town on a recent Sunday evening for two well attended sets. Backed by his ensemble of musicians from the Pittsburgh area, Jones was consistently inspired and the maturity that he displayed is ...