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Greg Glassman: Into the Wild

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Glassman’s live-wire trumpet playing hums and crackles with dramatic expression. He grabs a rhythm and works it over and over to an ensemble climax with his quartet. His phrases burn, sizzle and smolder. He extracts the essence from a ballad. His playing conveys fearlessness, hope and youthful vitality. This is an impressive album.

The quartet-Glassman, pianist Dave Pier, bassist Danton Boller and drummer Quincy Davis-is the focus. Guest tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard joins the group on Glassman’s complex, modal “The Moon’s Axis” and corkscrewy “Commit.” Guests Clark Terry (flugelhorn) and Marcus Belgrave (trumpet) appear on two others for some fine three-part brass harmony. (Glassman is a protégé of Terry.)

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