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John D’earth

John D’earth

“I don’t think this record is fashionable right now,” says trumpeter John D’earth about his new CD, Restoration Comedy (Double-Time). “It’s basically an old record, a blowing date. Let’s go in, play these tunes, goodbye.” It’s not a comment that will move units, but it’s not unusual coming from D’earth, whose long career hasn’t been dictated by fashion or troubled by context.

With a buoyant, competitive style and a tone so focused and ripe it cuts straight to your ear, D’earth easily recalls the brassy spitfire of Lee Morgan or Clifford Brown. He has become best known in straightahead settings-D’earth served as foil to guitarist Emily Remler and added brawn to the George Gruntz Big Band for years-but for a player with a hard-bop heart, D’earth hardly has a purist’s head to match.

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