Like Dave Holland and Dave Douglas, two alt-jazz heavies who recently started their own labels, New York-based trumpeter Cuong Vu opts for the D.I.Y. route on his latest disc, It’s Mostly Residual. A bold move, perhaps? Well, not exactly: Vu, a musician who is both adventurous and mindful of structure, says that none of his favorite labels–ECM, Winter & Winter, Blue Note and Verve–were interested in releasing his new album. But even if the Pat Metheny Group member’s latest was conceived from a point of weakness, Residual would’ve–should’ve–been the highlight of any release schedule.
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