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Brian Lynch: 24/7

Brian Lynch recorded 24/7 following a three-week European tour, by which time the trumpeter’s quintet was a well-oiled machine. The theme of “210 Centre St.” contains some clipped rhythm changes, and all five players chew them up and create something thoughtful, most notably Lynch and bassist Hans Glawischnig.

Throughout the album, Lynch’s compositional skills stand front and center with his gifted soloing. On the title track, his solo emerges as one extended, complete thought, spilling directly out of a quick opening statement played with alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon. Likewise, the head of “The Magmillion Caper” consists of short phrases, followed by a solo full of long lines, relentless melodic ideas and a Wayne Shorter quote thrown in for good measure.

Having said all this, Lynch’s choice of interpretations don’t always stack up with the originals. The group successfully uses tension to an advantage in the Isley Brothers’ “Who Loves You Better,” thanks in large part to drummer Neal Smith. Duke Ellington’s “Azalea” and Jerome Kern’s “Nobody Else but Me” also sound fine. But “West End Blues” sounds too quaint in the hands of this modern group, and Jimmy Webb’s “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” ambles along without fully catching fire. Better to stick with originals by Lynch, Glawischnig or pianist Rick Germanson.

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