Genius Envy

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
In this, his debut recording as a leader, trumpeter/flugelhornist/composer Horton pushes the progressive mainstream envelope with music that is witty, risk-taking, and brimming with vigor and soul. A flawless technical player, Horton's lyrical lines and steadfast approach to pure melody and harmonic invention earmark this recording not only as his breakthrough, but as a potent reminder that there's still original music to be discovered in modern jazz. The musician hears sound through a "who's who" of topnotch players, including soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, tenor John McKenna, pianist Frank Kimbrough bassist Ben Allison, and drummer Rich Rosenzweig. At their ...
See more details below
This CD is Not Available through BN.com

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
In this, his debut recording as a leader, trumpeter/flugelhornist/composer Horton pushes the progressive mainstream envelope with music that is witty, risk-taking, and brimming with vigor and soul. A flawless technical player, Horton's lyrical lines and steadfast approach to pure melody and harmonic invention earmark this recording not only as his breakthrough, but as a potent reminder that there's still original music to be discovered in modern jazz. The musician hears sound through a "who's who" of topnotch players, including soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom, tenor John McKenna, pianist Frank Kimbrough bassist Ben Allison, and drummer Rich Rosenzweig. At their most evocative, the group perfectly depicts the title "Stark Winter's Day"; chilling, bitter, two-note phrases are sandwiched between a sluggish, lugubrious melody and rhythm while a two-note Native American drum beat and a slow-motion bass solo accent the motif. During the title track, Horton's choppy, staccato horn races frenetically, arming a free section for drum explosions with ensemble and solo, while Bloom's signature sweeping soprano notes waft by. "Carla Blake" for Carla Bley and Michael Blake is a mysterious processional; it is caravan-like, with spiraling, sliced piano repetitions and a powerful horn chart -- quite a contrast. Nodding his head to dance rhythms, "Long Term Memories" has a bassline copped from "Cool Jerk" -- a fleet, funky line that buoys fluttering horns and quite an animated solo from Horton. "Happy & Out of It On the Beach" employs a cool surf funk with a near Spanish melody. "For Thomas Chapin" has sad obbligato horns and soprano, as if to suggest that he's here and he isn't in an easy waltz tempo. "Claude's Petite Bicyclette" is amusing; a slight, implied tango and a French 4/4 approach give somewhat droll comedic impressions within a European dialect. The patient constructs of "Embrace" and "Short Term Memory," show yet another side. "Thumbnail Sketch," Horton's most complex piece, has many counterpointed phrases darting in and out under an easy swing blanket. All in all, this is a pretty wonderful first effort for the 39-year-old. His credits as a sideman have been formidable, and his talent is quite obvious. Recommended.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/1999
  • Label: Omnitone Records
  • UPC: 686281190229
  • Catalog Number: 11902

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ron Horton Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Frank Kimbrough Piano
Ben Allison Bass
Jane Ira Bloom Soprano Saxophone
John McKenna Tenor Saxophone
Rich Rosenzweig Drums
Technical Credits
Michael Broby Engineer
Ron Horton Producer
Michael Brorby Engineer
Frank Tafuri Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Jazz Composers Collective Producer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously