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Sean Jones, Im-pro-vise: Never Before Seen (Mack Avenue Records)




Sean Jones, Im-pro-vise: Never Before Seen (Mack Avenue Records)
CD REVIEWS: July 31,2014

07/31/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Not that that’s what this is, but I’m not big on brassy Vegas-jazz, which trumpet phenom Jones’s 2009 LP The Search Within served up, although that record nevertheless ended up living in my car as a go-to for long trips where I needed to stay somewhat awake. Very muscular, the record wasn’t awash in catchy stuff you found yourself humming later, but the pure energy of it was contagious. The album after that, 2011’s No Need For Words, barely crossed my radar at all, as it featured more of the same on tracks like “Look and See,” but this new one, said to be more a return to his roots, warranted a quick panhandling from me to his PR guy. More mellow, boppy and, well, Miles-like, it’s a real keeper, something to file next to your old Blue Note collection. As I’m sure we’ve discussed before, Jones spent six months with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and is nowadays a music professor at Duquesne University, this all happening as a result of being exposed to Miles’s Kind of Blue when he was in fifth grade. Thus we have the “back to roots” part, modal workouts that’ll make you sit up and take notice, some smoky belled trumpet on the Caribbean-feeling “Interior Motive.” It ain’t Miles, no, but you don’t have to tell your guests.  A can’t-miss. AEric W. Saeger






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