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Marcus Printup: Nocturnal Traces

Since what seem like ages-ago sightings at the Monk Competition, and later at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, where he played at the side of the stage in deference to some fluffy smooth jazz outfit scheduled to follow his band, trumpeter Marcus Printup’s growth arc has been impressive. Last time out he was paying homage to Freddie Hubbard, with fellow Blue Noter Tim Hagans. This time, save for the smoldering “Freddie’s Inferno”, in tribute to the master, it’s all about Marcus. The band is his regular crew, including Kevin Bales on piano, Ricky Ravelo on bass, and Woody Williams on drums. The comfort level Printup feels is obvious from the jump.

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