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Thomas Marriott: Urban Folklore

Thomas Marriott would be better known if he had stayed in New York, where he was a respected trumpet player on the scene in the early years of the new millennium. Instead, for quality-of-life reasons, he returned to his hometown of Seattle, where he has assembled a substantial body of work on the local label, Origin.

Marriott usually records with Seattle’s best players, but here he employs a name-brand East Coast rhythm section: Orrin Evans, Eric Revis and Donald Edwards. The playing on this album is high-class and fierce. From the opening bravura flourish of “Apophis” (for an Egyptian god of chaos), Marriott is pure daredevil speed and brassy belligerence. It is exhilarating to fly with him around the hairpin turns of “Mo-Joe” (for Joe Locke). Evans is a jarring piano accompanist who takes jagged, challenging solos.

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