With big band arrangements, David Weiss's sextet and octet stretch the boundaries of hard bop. Solid in their caricature, they romp and stomp with clarity of purpose. The trumpeter's original compositions build an intense dramatic spirit, while leaving much room for soloist improvisation.
The leader's trumpet soars lyrically with passion. He imposes a storyline on each piece. "Stalker" moves stealthily in the shadows with dramatic tension, while "Nostalghia" wanders aimlessly along familiar shores. One places the listener in tight situations, while the other opens up a world of opportunity. Weiss opens up on this album, too, letting his trumpet speak freely of the sights and sounds in the world around us.
Myron Walden, Marcus Strickland, and Xavier Davis provide substantial improvised solos to complement the trumpeter in his quest to create distinct impressions. "The Mirror" leaves room for some serious contemplation, while "The Sacrifice" floats gently on clouds of relaxed joy. Wayne Shorter's "Mr. Jin" gives the trumpeter a place to vacation. Exotic and laid back, the piece makes a positive statement about our outlook. The future should always look so bright.
Weiss paints each scene with a different mood. His versatile trumpet and cohesive band allow him to transcribe his thoughts into music. We, in turn, are free to interpret naturally. Recommended, the album provides a wide palette of colors for our enquiring minds.
2. The Mirror
4. Our Trip
5. The Sacrifice
6. Love Letter To One Not Yet Met
7. Mr. Jin
David Weiss: trumpet;
Myron Walden: alto saxophone;
Marcus Strickland: tenor saxophone;
Xavier Davis: piano;
Dwayne Burno: bass;
E.J. Strickland: drums;
Craig Handy: tenor saxophone;
Steve Davis: trombone;
Norbert Stachel: baritone saxophone and bass clarinet;
Nasheet Waits: drums.
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!
Get more of a good thing
Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.