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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
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 clich├ęd 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/14/2007
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • UPC: 673203103726
  • Catalog Number: 1037
  • Sales rank: 186,170

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Allison (6:48)
  2. 2 Journey (5:19)
  3. 3 Never Let Me Go (4:48)
  4. 4 I Come to Thee (6:28)
  5. 5 So Wonderful (5:53)
  6. 6 Esperanto (6:13)
  7. 7 It's Just a Matter of Time (Intro) (0:50)
  8. 8 It's Just a Matter of Time (6:18)
  9. 9 Say Brah (5:56)
  10. 10 Blak Music (6:33)
  11. 11 Kaleidoscope (5:03)
  12. 12 The Sluice (6:40)
  13. 13 You're the Reason (6:34)
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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 III Tenor Saxophone
Tia Fuller Flute
Luques Curtis Acoustic Bass
Carolyn Perteete Vocals
Brian Hogans Flute, Alto Saxophone, fender rhodes
Antoine Drye Trumpet
Alton Merrill fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Donald Edwards Engineer, Audio Production, Vocal Producer
James Farber Engineer
Al Pryor Producer, Audio Production
Doug Sax Mastering
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, Vocal Producer
J.D. Walter Arranger, Composer
Sean Jones Composer
Heidi Martin Composer
Kendrick Scott Composer
Tiffany Jones Composer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Walter Smith III Composer
Brian Hogans Composer
Antoine Drye Audio Production
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