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Tim Hagans: The Moon is Waiting

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In the highly illuminating liner notes that accompany The Moon Is Waiting, Tim Hagans explains that he welcomes a feeling of insecurity when he’s playing: He wants to feel as if he’s in a car that might, at any moment, go off the road and smack into a tree. That sense of total abandon, the trumpeter says, is the kind of “danger I like, rather than playing with people who are serving it up to each other in a comfortable way.” In guitarist Vic Juris, bassist Rufus Reid and especially powerhouse drummer Jukkis Uotila, Hagans has assembled a team that continually understands and courts such risk.

The first moment when that becomes patently obvious is in the title track, the second tune on the album. Hagans is already engaged in a freewheeling solo when, just past the midway point, Juris emits a quick, disquieting boing! that sets Hagans off. The unearthly trumpet fury that follows only lasts a half-minute but it is startling, volleying left to right, accelerating frantically and frenziedly before subsiding-that car hitting an ice patch on a winding downhill road.

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