Get Up With: Jonathan Finlayson's Trumpet
Young, rising trumpet star Jonathan Finlayson has been a supporting player on a number of excellent recent releases: He's been a member of guitarist Mary Halvorson's quintet and septet groups, and made memorable contributions to recent albums by Steve Coleman, David Virelles and Steve Lehman.
Several of those names are frequent stars of the estimable Pi Recordings label; fittingly, that imprint is now the home for Finlayson's debut as a leader, Moment & the Message. Whether funking it up with Coleman or poking out of the spectral haze of Lehman's octet, Finlayson's tart tone and rhythmic invention are proving memorable. Check some of his best recent performances over in the appended playlist -- and circle back to the original albums, too.