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Trent Austin: Pulling an Ace from the Musical Deck

Read "Trent Austin: Pulling an Ace from the Musical Deck" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

New England-based trumpeter, Trent Austin is indeed a Renaissance Man--multi-genre performer, business owner, trumpet/brass equipment designer, clinician and teacher. He's also one of the most beloved and respected--by the greatest of players and up-and-coming players--in each of those activities. I caught up with Austin as he plans to head out on tour in October with the brilliant clarinetist, Ken Peplowski and the Capitol Jazz Orchestra. All About Jazz: On behalf of All About Jazz, thanks for taking time ...

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Trent Austin: Two-Toned

Read "Two-Toned" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Boston-based trumpeter Trent Austin has chosen a series of duo performances for his second album, hence the title Two-Toned, with four pianists and one guitarist. Austin purposely chose this format, inasmuch as it is most intimate of jazz ensembles. Certainly duos like this have been accomplished before. Oscar Peterson's series of duet recordings on Pablo during the the 1970s with Harry Sweets Edison, Roy Eldridge, Dizzy Gillespie, Jon Faddis and Clark Terry come to mind. In fact, Austin considers Clark ...

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Trent Austin: Two-Toned

Read "Two-Toned" reviewed by Jim Santella

This program of duos by Boston-based trumpeter Trent Austin places the artists in an intimate setting where every nuance takes center stage. As guitarist Jon Wheatley and each of four pianists interpret two songs apiece with Austin, you can feel the personal voice of his horn making significant, convincing statements.

Austin growls, glides and stutters for effect, and he soars high when a different emphasis seems appropriate. This session isn't about showing off his powerful technique, which could ...


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