Feb 7 2019
Artist: Jonathan Finlayson
Album: 3 Times Round
Label: Pi Recordings
Style: Post-bop, New directions
Favorite Track: “A Stone, A Pond, A Thought”
Music from: New York City
What I like about it: It won’t be breaking news for me to report that the magic is in the motion on Jonathan Finlayson’s newest release. It’s a subject broached previously on his 2016 release Moving Still. And deservedly so. The action unleashed by each piece triggered individual narratives like a conjuring trick becoming a new reality. I like that the trumpeter’s 2018 release begins much the same way, opening with the aptly titled “Feints” and how patterns hinted at in the framework of a piece are revealed as quickly as they’re replaced by a new emergent pattern. I like how that motion can be particularly thrilling at times, but that is also comes off as methodical in its way, as if a high-speed stratagem devised on the fly. But what I really like about 3 Times Round are those dramatic moments when the motivation becomes one of melody, rising up over a piece like the sun enveloping a dark landscape in bright, warm light.
Your album personnel: Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Steve Lehman (alto sax), Brian Settles (tenor sax, flute), Matthew Mitchell (piano), John Hebert (bass) and Craig Weinrib (drums).
Listen to more of the album on the artist’s Bandcamp page.
Be sure to check out the artist’s site.