Thomas Marriott

Trumpet Ship

Origin 82798


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One of the best trumpet players in the world.

Trumpeter/composer Thomas Marriott has covered a lot of musical ground over his 11 Origin releases, most recently with the lush balladry of his 2019 recording, Romance Language. For Trumpet Ship, Marriott goes for the exuberant, highly intuitive, propelling joy that defines a jam session. Here, that session includes three of the more electric and empathetic players in jazz - pianist Orrin Evans, bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Mark Whitfield Jr. - all long time collaborators with Marriott, recorded on an off-day in Seattle while on a quartet tour of the Northwest. Through a set of five Marriott originals along with a take on Jerome Kern's "All the Things You Are," Gil Evans' "General Assembly," and the Sonny Simmons title tune, the quartet's spirit and chemistry shine. Vivid is the magic that comes from talented, trusting friends and first takes.

Track Listing:

1. All The Things You Are 4:11
2. General Assembly 6:45
3. Behind The Beard 8:37
4. Trumpet Ship 3:50
5. 148 Lexington 5:11
6. Funny Uncle 3:02
7. Reversal Of Fortune 5:37
8. Song For Samuel 4:07

All music by Thomas Marriott, except (1) Jerome Kern, (2) Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Wayne Shorter, (4) Sonny Simmons


Thomas Marriott - trumpet
Orrin Evans - piano
Luques Curtis - bass
Mark Whitfield Jr. - drums

Production Info:

Produced by Thomas Marriott
Recorded by Floyd Reitsma at Studio X, Seattle, WA
Recorded on March 23, 2016
Mixed by Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Ed Brooks at Resonant Mastering, Seattle, WA
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

Reviews of Trumpet Ship

All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
4-STARS Spontaneity rules. Seattle-based trumpeter Thomas Marriott had a day off from touring with his quartet, so he decided to go into the studio and record an album: Trumpet Ship. His twelfth outing for Origin Records—all of them reaching for the stars, all of them getting there—this quartet album lines up after his stop-you-in-your-tracks ...

All About Jazz (Paul Rauch)
4.5 STARS In a day and age when social and personal narratives pervade the jazz recording medium, it is a welcoming feeling to experience a recording of superb jazz musicians playing music in the moment the way it's supposed to be played—for the people. For his spring 2020 quartet release Trumpet Ship (Origin, 2020), Seattle-based trumpeter T ...

Cadence (Robert Rusch )
Another trumpeter worth your consideration is THOMAS MARRIOTT who has been recording for Origin Records since the mid 1990s. His latest is a March 2016 date titled TRUMPET SHIP [Origin 82789]. Strongly influenced by Miles, five of the eight tunes on this release are originals of uneven quality but of excellent playing. One highlight is "All The Thi ...

Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Thomas Marriott floats his horn with modern ellipticism on this quartet date with Orrin Evans/p, Luques Curtis/b and Mark Whitfield Jr/dr. The team hovers on a dainty "All the Things You Are" while the team shows its rapid fire with Marriott going mano a mano with Whitfield on the loose "Funny Uncle". Dark hues by Evans meld with Marriott's muted h ...

WTJU (Dave Rogers)
Jazz trumpeter, composer and producer Thomas Marriott is a veteran of the national jazz scene who's earned seven Golden Ear awards, produced 11 albums as a leader for Origin Records, and toured with greats like Maynard Ferguson and Roy McCurdy, as well as contemporary jazz artists Orrin Evans and Joe Locke." ( T ...





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