Tito Carrillo

Opening Statement

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Jonah Powell, 17 Dots, eMusic Blog

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It's a story line that jazz fans encounter from time to time? long-time session player finally records an album under his or her own name. I can't help but cheer that effort and hope it works out. Being a team player is a noble calling in any field, but in jazz where the performance of the various pieces in the ensemble can create a whole so much greater than the sum of its individual parts, I can't help but want to cheer on the underdog who steps out from the bandstand and into the spotlight for the first time themselves. Of course, when the result is an extraordinarily strong album like Carrillo's Opening Statement, cheering takes a backseat to listening. This is straight-ahead jazz, though it might be misrepresentative to describe the development of the tunes as linear. Each song takes a round-about path from first note to last, giving the songs a sense of adventure even when Carrillo's trumpet is giving sound to a standard series of notes. This was an album that had me already looking forward to his next. Recommended.








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