This forward-thinking trumpeter and band leader has developed a fresh, unique style that combines influences from funk, hip hop and classical music, placing him at the centre of the genre, but also at its cutting-edge.
Ambrose Akinmusire's fifth LP for the legendary Blue Note label – the Grammy-nominated on the tender spot of every calloused moment – once again showcases his kaleidoscopic vision. Its predecessor, 2018's Origami Harvest, made end-of-year Best Of lists for GQ, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. Joining the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet is Alina Bzhezhinska (composer, band leader and founder of the HipHarpCollective) a one-woman powerhouse on a mission to bring the harp to the fore of contemporary sonics.
‘a set of scalding jazz improv that veered between lyrical delicacy and fierce drama’ ★★★★ The Guardian