Ron Horton debuted as a leader in 1999 with the memorable Genius Envy (OmniTone). His much-anticipated follow-up, Subtextures (Fresh Sound New Talent), features Frank Kimbrough on piano, Ben Allison on bass and Matt Wilson on drums. Their highly attuned artistry makes this concise album a success in every regard. Like Kimbrough and Allison, Horton is a composer-in-residence with the Jazz Composers Collective, as well as a charter member of the Herbie Nichols Project. (Lately he has busied himself as musical director of Andrew Hill’s big band.) He and his quartet mates have done considerable amounts of work together, and it shows.
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