The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - COR­MAC LARKIN never be­fore seen

Mack Av­enue ★★★ Sean Jones – for­mer lead trum­pet with Wyn­ton Marsalis’s Jazz at the Lin­coln Cen­tre orches­tra and more re­cently stand-in for Miles Davis in the trib­ute group led by Her­bie Han­cock and Wayne Shorter – is a trum­peter from the heart of the Amer­i­can acous­tic tra­di­tion. His play­ing puts him in a di­rect lin­eage that stretches back through Marsalis and Miles to Roy El­ridge and ul­ti­mately Louis Arm­strong. His 10th al­bum for Mack Av­enue is a back-to-ba­sics record­ing, with his long-stand­ing group, in­clud­ing pian­ist Or­rin Evans, bassist Luques Cur­tis and drum­mer Obed Cal­vaire. At a time when some may feel that acous­tic mu­sic is start­ing to loose ground (again), Jones’s open blow­ing mu­sic is a bea­con of hope and a re­minder that the heart of the tra­di­tion still beats hard. sean­jones­mu­

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