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Suresh Singaratnam: Lost in New York

Read "Lost in New York" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


The breathtaking narrative of Lost in New York is couched in an abstract interplay between performers and their instruments, as they describe what must have been a most challenging newcomer's journey to that often forbidding city. Trumpeter Suresh Singaratnam's high-wire act documents every nuance with some of the most rarefied excursions to emerge from a horn. An astute observer of his own life and those around him, Singaratnam allows the angst of being, and observing, to permeate the heated rush ...

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Take Five With Suresh Singaratnam

Read "Take Five With Suresh Singaratnam" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Suresh Singaratnam: Suresh Singaratnam is a trumpeter of uncommon breadth; unique, not only for the small crowd he inhabits as a virtuoso of both classical and jazz styles, but also for the continuity and clarity of his voice across both idioms. Suresh studied with Canadian trumpet virtuoso Norman Engel throughout high school, where he exhibited an uncommon aptitude for the trumpet, winning the Scarborough Philharmonic Youth Concerto Competition at age 17. After a ...

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Suresh Singaratnam / Gretchen Parlato / Jamie Reynolds: That Is You

Read "That Is You" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


The art of the ballad seems almost forgotten in today's environment of programmed beats, Auto-Tune and sampled music. But in the hands of three gifted young artists--trumpeter Suresh Singaratnam, singer Gretchen Parlato, and pianist Jamie Reynolds--the magic of intimate songwriting and beautiful music can still capture the heart as heard in the lovely “That Is You." Its warm ambiance is perfected: first by the trumpet's glowing introduction; then by Parlato's supple and poignant voice, softly pouring out heartfelt lyrics of ...

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Suresh Singaratnam: Lost In New York

Read "Lost In New York" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Born in Zambia but brought up in Toronto, Canada, trumpeter Suresh Singaratnam is formally trained in both jazz and classical music, latterly at the Manhattan School of Music. Lost In New York is an album of original compositions that chronicles the young musician's early years in the city. It's a mix of experiences and emotions that are reflected in the tunes, which are divided into three groups of three to reflect the major changes in those early years.

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Suresh Singaratnam: Lost in New York

Read "Lost in New York" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


International in residency, Suresh Singaratnam is also multi-faceted when it comes to his music. Lost in New York, his third release, is an amalgamation of sound. Born in Zambia, Singaratnam has also lived in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. He revealed a hint of his eclectic interest when, as an eighth-grade student, he asked a music teacher if she knew any trumpet player who played both jazz and classical music at a high level. The ...

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Suresh Singaratnam: Lost in New York

Read "Lost in New York" reviewed by John Barron


New York-based trumpeter/composer Suresh Singaratnam makes his debut as a leader with Lost in New York, a well-conceptualized set of original progressive jazz. A recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, the Toronto native explores a musical landscape as diverse as his adopted New York home, toying with syncopated ostinatos, extended vamps, layered rhythms and straight-up bebop. Singaratnam is an agile improviser with strong technique who can manage his way through an up-tempo blues like “M104" and ...


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