Four close looks at jazz’s present and one look back at its righteous past:SEAN JONES
“No Need for Words”
(Mack Avenue, 2011)
“Love is all around you. All you have to do is look and see.” Sean Jones heard that statement during a tour of Russia, and it got the hot young trumpeter’s creative engine seriously revving. The result is “No Need for Words,” one of the most nuanced looks that love (and its associated aspects) has gotten in a long time. The bright, celebratory vibe of “Look and See” says Jones likes what he sees around him; apparently, so does Obed Calvaire, whose roaring drum solo is the climax this piece deserves. But while altoist Brian Hogans’ warm, rich “Obsession (Cloud Nine)” captures that amazing feeling you get when love is new, “Touch and Go” reminds us that the course of true love, etc., etc., and the electric howler “Love’s Fury” amply demonstrates how fiery passion can become snarling rage. Jones’ last disc “The Search Within” was an undoubted attention-getter, but “Words” is a quantum leap for Jones as composer, player and leader. See what leaving Jazz @ Lincoln Center can do for you?