DAVID SMITH QUIN­TET An­tic­i­pa­tion (BJU Records)

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Trum­pet player and com­poser David Smith moved from Toronto to New York in 2000 and, ac­cord­ing to the artist-run Brook­lyn Jazz Un­der­ground la­bel, is now work­ing in nearly 20 dif­fer­ent jazz groups. An­tic­i­pa­tion is his quin­tet’s fol­low-up to 2006’s Cir­cum­stance. With him on both out­ings is gui­tarist Nate Radley. The sax­o­phon­ist on Cir­cum­stance is the renowned Sea­mus Blake, but the tenor man this time is Kenji Omae, and he’s a rev­e­la­tion. The ti­tle cut, one of four songs by Smith, was writ­ten about his feel­ings be­fore the birth of his daugh­ter. It starts with a low, rhyth­mic gui­tar pulse, and then the horns come in with a bang. The groove here is gen­er­ally hard bop, al­though Smith’s clar­ion trum­pet some­times has a Latin big-band qual­ity. “All or Noth­ing at All,” a 1939 Arthur Altman song, is nicely lay­ered, with gor­geous tenor play­ing by Omae, Radley al­ter­na­tively ath­letic and ten­der, and Smith jazz­ily stri­dent — this trum­peter is def­i­nitely more rem­i­nis­cent of Diz than of Miles. A cover of the John Coltrane tune “Satel­lite” is not as bold, raw, or in­tense as the 1960 orig­i­nal, but Smith and com­pany give it a rous­ing go, with sev­eral lusty so­los. This is am­bi­tious mu­sic that, while de­void of “out­side” play­ing, fea­tures in­ter­est­ing rhythms and struc­tures and a great sound. — Paul Wei­de­man

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