With this classy late-hours soundscape, the seductive stylings of German trumpeter-vocalist Till Bronner will likely elicit comparisons to Chet Baker-and Miles. Indeed, his alluring muted trumpet on the opener, Johnny Mandel’s poignant “Where Do You Start,” smolders with Davis-esque intensity. For his haunting original, “What Stays,” Bronner creates a fog-shrouded film noir scrim against which Chet-like, middle-register boppisms sting like lines delivered by Bogart. As a vocalist, the half-whispered lyrics of “Our Game” reach out and resonate.
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