Aug 4 2014
It’s kind of crazy thinking about the recent projects that trumpeter David Weiss has been running lately. He’s the guy behind the excellent veteran supergroup The Cookers, his Endangered Species project’s embrace of the music of Wayne Shorter was pretty amazing, and then there’s his Point of Departure, which is a past eMusic Pick of the Week. Now, with 2014’s When Words Fail, Weiss is back with another solid effort and with a new set of all-stars.
These are straight-ahead tunes, but expressed in a way that has them persistently wavering at the borders. Little things, like the strangely alluring harmonics on “Loss,” the undercurrent of tension on “Lullaby for a Lonely Child,” the slow ebb and strong tide of “MJ,” the tidy bundle of combustible motion that is “Wayward,” the intriguingly haphazard recitation of melody on the title-track and the way it suddenly ratchets up the volume… all these things, and more, create abstractions and differentiation to what otherwise would be a straight-ahead modern post-bop set. Just stellar.
Your album personnel: David Weiss (trumpet), Myron Walden (alto sax), Marcus Strickland (tenor sax), Xavier Davis (piano), Dwayne Burno (bass), E.J. Strickland (drums), and guest: Ben Eusen (guitar).
Released on Motema Music.
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