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Moment & The Message

Moment & The Message by Jonathan Finlayson
Released: May 2013
Label: Pi Recordings
Young trumpeter Finlayson is a member of guitarist Mary Halvorson's bands, and he's also taken grand solos on albums by Steve Coleman, David Virelles and Steve Lehman. For his debut as a leader, he offers nine compositions that cement his status. "Circus" starts out with pulses influenced by Coleman, but diverts into a slowed-down blues feature for Finlayson's trumpet. (See also his flights during "Tensegrity.") Soft-starting songs, like "Ruy Lopez" or "Le Bas-Fond," tend to develop surprising rhythmic tricks. The backing band, with Virelles on piano and Miles Okazaki on guitar, just kills.
Seth Colter Walls

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