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A Rift In Decorum: Live At The Village Vanguard [2 CD]
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Trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire returns with A Rift In Decorum: Live at the Village Vanguard, an expansive new live album that was recorded over 4 nights at New York's storied Jazz venue, Village Vanguard. Featuring 15 new, original compositions, A Rift In Decorum builds on Akinmusire's past work while exploring his future.
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UPDATE: I checked Discogs and apparently the Dutch Version comes in a standard CD case. This is the version displayed in Amazon's product ad, even though what they are actually selling is the US version that comes what Discogs calls a "Digifile" (the paper monstrosity described above). So by all means, if you're going to get this one, go Dutch!
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I’m therefore not going to spend much time analysing the music track by track, just focus on three.
On Moment In Between The Rest (CD 1 track 3) he sustains a note on his trumpet so pure and so long that I was gasping for air myself by the time it finished. It could be dismissed as mere showing off if it wasn’t for the emotional intensity not only of the note itself but also of everything that is going on around it: the note is the axis around which the rest of the band gently revolves.
Trumpet Pete marks a contrast with that tune, featuring a maelstrom of sound including thunderous drums and crashing piano.
And on the final tune, Umteyo, trumpet, bass and piano establish a vamp over which the drums become the lead instrument, stirring up a storm. Later, Akinmusire produces sounds out of his instrument which are in one moment pure but the result of such apparent little effort that they verge on the impossible, and in the next are random but perfectly appropriate sounds – they’re not exactly notes, but not exactly “noises” either.
When I first played the album I sandwiched it between two Steve Coleman live recordings, Myths, Modes and Means (1995), and Resistance is Futile (2001), the second of which Akinmusire played on. Both of those records still excite me, and I suspect A Rift In Decorum will give them a run for their money.