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Trumpeter Sean Jones’ confident phrasing, fluent technique and poised solos were honed by a decade of playing lead trumpet for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

On this album, his seventh, he showcases his skills with a back-to-basics quartet recording featuring the empathetic pianist Orrin Evans and the rock-solid time of drummer Obed Calvaire.

Jones is muscular on the bustling “60th & Broadway”, fragile on ballads and emotions run high on the Spanish tinged “Dark Times”, but he reveals a brittle side on “Not While I’m Around”.

Sean Jones Quartet

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