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David Weiss & Point of Departure: Venture Inward

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Let’s call bunk on the claim that jazz should always find new things to say. Venture Inward, the new platter from trumpeter David Weiss and his quintet Point of Departure, is steeped in 1960s postbop-specifically that of Miles Davis-and it would be futile to argue that it is anything but jazz of the highest order.

Following his two outstanding live albums, Snuck In and Snuck Out, Weiss plants his feet unapologetically in jazz’s relatively unsung heyday, naming his band for Andrew Hill’s famous record and playing two of the pianist’s tunes. The group starts with an 11 1/2-minute cover of Herbie Hancock’s “I Have a Dream” that segues seamlessly into Tony Williams’ “Black Comedy,” all of which is framed by the restless, roiling drumming of Jamire Williams and the pinpoint precision of guitarist Nir Felder and bassist Luques Curtis, who stick their off-beat landings every time. Weiss blows fierce passages on these first two numbers and again on Charles Moore’s “Number 4”-until the rhythm softens, at which point he does too, and his brassy bursts take on rounded edges.

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