Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope

by Sean Jones
     
 
Trumpeter Sean Jones emphasizes various vocalist friends for his fourth recording as a leader. His previous CDs have leaned toward a more produced pop-oriented approach within a definite modern jazz framework, and this effort leans toward a balance of combining those elements without being overtly commercialized. The first eight cuts all feature the singers, the most

Overview

Trumpeter Sean Jones emphasizes various vocalist friends for his fourth recording as a leader. His previous CDs have leaned toward a more produced pop-oriented approach within a definite modern jazz framework, and this effort leans toward a balance of combining those elements without being overtly commercialized. The first eight cuts all feature the singers, the most effective being rising star Gretchen Parlato. Her beautiful voice levitates Kendrick Scott's ballad composition "Journey," done on his debut CD, receiving a different, less expansive treatment, while the sunny swing waltz "It's Just a Matter of Time" has Parlato and Sachal Vasandani swapping opposing transposed crowded vocal lines. Parlato is special; please pay attention to her in the future. Even more impressive are two spiritualistic pieces, reminiscent of the recent work by pianist Robert Glasper. The opener, "Allison," drips with emotion, informed by the lovely piano playing of Orrin Evans, slight Latin spice, and the wordless vocals of J.D. Walter, while "Esperanto" (not sung in Esperanto) has Carolyn Perteete's siren-song singing, pristine as morning dew. At this point one barely notices the trumpet player, until you hear four consecutive instrumentals. "Say Brah" is a cooking typical neo-bopper, "Blak Music" a less clichéd hard bopper, the title track a more modern near-fusion Fender Rhodes-infused piece, and "The Sluice" revealing Jones as a singsongy Lee Morgan/Freddie Hubbard-influenced Young Lion. The pacing and programming of this recording could have been more effectively revisited; it feels like block formatting. It is another fine, not yet definitive musical effort from Jones, easily a Top Ten rising star of contemporary jazz trumpet.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
Label:
Mack Avenue
UPC:
0673203103726
catalogNumber:
1037
Rank:
111489

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sean Jones   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jay Ashby   Percussion
Orrin Evans   Piano
Kim Burrell   Vocals
Gretchen Parlato   Percussion,Vocals
Antoine Drye   Trumpet
Mike Boone   Electric Bass
J.D. Walter   Vocals
Sachal Vasandani   Vocals
Obed Calvaire   Percussion,Drums
Walter Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Tia Fuller   Flute
Luques Curtis   Acoustic Bass
Carolyn Perteete   Vocals
Brian Hogans   Flute,Alto Saxophone,fender rhodes
Alton Merrill   fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Donald Edwards   Engineer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
James Farber   Engineer
Pryor   Producer,Audio Production
Ron Westray   Composer
Kurt Elling   Composer
Orrin Evans   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Maria Ehrenreich   Director,Producer,Creative Services Coordinator
Jay Dudt   Engineer
Gretchen Parlato   Composer
Antoine Drye   Engineer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
J.D. Walter   Arranger,Composer
Sean Jones   Composer
Heidi Martin   Composer
Kendrick Scott   Composer
Tiffany Jones   Composer
Walter Smith   Composer
Brian Hogans   Composer

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