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David Weiss conceived this beautifully crafted album following a period of personal loss and to mark the grief of others.

The dense three-horn harmonies are sombre in tone, but a sparkling rhythm section and solos full of wit confirm music to be a healing force.

The style is rooted in the modern jazz mainstream – trumpeter Weiss captures the muscular strength of the late Freddie Hubbard – with tracks changing tempo and mood as saxophonists Myron Walden and Marcus Strickland shift powerfully from lament to salvation.

David Weiss

When Words Fail

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