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Josh Lawrence: Triptych (Posi-Tone)

Trumpeter Josh Lawrence is as straight-ahead as it gets—making it seem a little odd at first that he would dedicate a three-part suite to abstract expressionist Wassily Kandinsky. But then, jazz was at its most commercial when, like Kandinsky’s art, it was branded “degenerate” by the Nazi regime. Perhaps it’s appropriate after all. “Lost Works” … Read More “Josh Lawrence: Triptych (Posi-Tone)”

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Josh Lawrence: Color Theory (Posi-Tone)

The members of Josh Lawrence’s quintet are mostly from Philadelphia—none well known except Orrin Evans, all with New York chops. They are Caleb Curtis (alto saxophone, flute), Madison Rast (bass), Anwar Marshall (drums) and either Evans (piano) or Adam Faulk (Fender Rhodes). Lawrence is an impeccable trumpet player with a glossy sound. Like all but … Read More “Josh Lawrence: Color Theory (Posi-Tone)”

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