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David Weiss & Point of Departure: Snuck Out

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A live date with one studio track, Snuck Out is the sequel to Snuck In, a recording of a first set trumpeter Weiss’ quintet laid down at the Jazz Standard in late March 2008. This is a document of that same night’s second set, and it features a quintet focused on dynamic tension rather than showboating.

Weiss, who provided key assistance to Freddie Hubbard during the trumpeter’s productive late career, has recorded tributes to Hub as well as to Booker Little and Lee Morgan, bop masters who peaked in the ’60s. Snuck Out, while it pays homage to that fertile decade, sounds more modern despite its ’60s grounding. It certainly is assertive, its launch pad Charles Tolliver’s “Revillot,” a track busy as a traffic jam. Guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Jamire Williams propel, J.D. Allen’s narrow tenor sax keeping everything on course. Eventually Weiss pops in, tone sharp, improvisation coiled. Williams’ cymbals keep the tune splashy.

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