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Cuong Vu 4Tet: Change in the Air (RareNoise)

Review of album that teams the trumpeter with Bill Frisell, Luke Bergman, and Ted Poor

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Cover of Cuong Vu 4Tet album Change in the Air
Cover of Cuong Vu 4Tet album Change in the Air

The bracing RareNoise debut from trumpeter Cuong Vu’s 4Tet—2017’s Ballet: The Music of Michael Gibbs—played up a blended dynamism leavened by respect for its honoree. This followup, built around original contributions from within the ranks, has more to do with self-sufficiency fostering the oneness of four.

By inviting the project’s musical stakeholders to essentially act as equal partners on all fronts, Vu proves both virtuous and wise. With his mutable horn, guitarist Bill Frisell’s distinctive design elements, bassist Luke Bergman’s supportive weight, and drummer Ted Poor’s percussive pull framed together in different lights and dimensions, the creative possibilities appear to be endless.

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