At an age when trumpet gamers can typically sound a bit frayed on the edges, Tom Harrell, 76, is in wonderful kind. His tone is mushy, however with a vibrant edge to it, and he appears to have on a regular basis on the earth, even when taking part in the quickest tempo. These 11 tracks are all Harrell’s compositions, performed together with his personal quartet. The music itself is usually fairly complicated, nevertheless it’s accomplished with such heat and obvious ease that even the intricacies have their appeal.
That’s actually the case with the opening piece, Evoorg (learn it backwards). On the floor it’s a breezy little quantity, however simply attempting to comply with Harrell’s solo had me tied up in knots. That’s once I realised how sensible the opposite three are. Pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Adam Cruz maintain all of it collectively and take their very own wonderful and apposite solos. As if that weren’t sufficient, Harrell often overdubs a second trumpet half, usually temporary and to the purpose. The idea of his type is latter-day bebop, however there are touches right here of jazz-rock, Brazilian, Cuban and even Japanese music.