CD Kaleidoscope [Sean Jones] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 1130833), Audio Other
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Kaleidoscope [Sean Jones] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Allison
    2. Journey
    3. Never Let Me Go
    4. I Come to Thee
    5. So Wonderful
    6. Esperanto
    7. It's Just a Matter of Time (Intro) - (Intro)
    8. It's Just a Matter of Time
    9. Say Brah
    10. Blak Music
    11. Kaleidoscope
    12. Sluice, The
    13. You're the Reason
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1037

  • Credits
    ProducerAl Pryor; Orrin Evans; Maria Ehrenreich; Donald Edwards; Orrin Evans; Antoine Drye; Al Pryor
    EngineerDonald Edwards; James Farber; Antoine Drye; Jay Dudt; Hollis Greathouse; Donald Edwards; Brian Montgomery; Antoine Drye; Anthony Rutolo; James Farber; Dave Stoller

    Personnel: Sean Jones (trumpet, flugelhorn); Sean Jones; Antoine Drye, Antoine Drye (trumpet); Alton Merrill (Fender Rhodes piano); Luques Curtis (acoustic bass); Gretchen Parlato (vocals, percussion); Sachal Vasandani, Carolyn Perteete, J.D. Walter, Kim Burrell (vocals); Brian Hogans (flute, alto saxophone, Fender Rhodes piano); Tia Fuller (flute); Walter Smith III (tenor saxophone); Orrin Evans (piano); Mike Boone (electric bass); Obed Calvaire (drums, percussion); Jay Ashby (percussion).
    Recording information: Audible Images, Pittsburgh, PA; Avatar Studio, New York, NY; Dirtysoap Studios, New York, NY.
    Director: Maria Ehrenreich.
    Photographer: Frank Stewart.
    Arranger: J.D. Walter.
    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 clichd 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. ~ Michael G. Nastos

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.81) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]ts winning ways come through a seductive samba feel, as Jones' gorgeous melody builds with quiet chords, some vocalizing and haunting refrains."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.115) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Jones uses his fourth album to showcase the talents of others, notably singers J.D. Walter, Carolyn Perteele, and gospel star Kim Burrell."
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