Ambrose Akinmusire “Owl Song” 

December 2023 | MUSIC, 23/12

This California-born trumpeter graduated from Berkeley High School before studying at the Manatthan School Of Music. He has played with the likes of Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman and Steve Coleman. He is credited as a collaborator on some twenty records by great names in jazz, and this eighth record as leader, after several releases on Blue Note, is the first published by the no less famous Nonesuch label. To do this, he surrounds himself with Bill Frisel on guitar and Herlin Riley on drums. He puts his great technical mastery at the service of ethereal ambiences, with a search for economy rather than a display of virtuosity. Every note, every sound is measured to create the most emotion, recalling the spirit of Miles Davis, for whom the use of silence is of paramount importance in his compositions. Although recording together for the first time, the complicity between the three musicians is palpable. This album is a kind of answer to Wayne Shorter’s question: “What will you do when you can do everything?