Dick Metcalf, Improvijazzation Nation
Jared’s trumpet is piercing (though not unpleasantly so) on this excellent sextet CD… he’s joined by tenor saxophonist Troy Roberts, pianists Martin Bejerano and Tal Cohen, bassist Josh Allen and drummer Kyle Swan in an exciting all-original jazz set that will be pure pleasure for your aural appendages… of course, since he hails from Spokane, Washington (my home-base), I’ll admit that my opinion may be a bit jaundiced… I’ve felt (ever since I moved out here in the late 1970’s) that this state is the home of more than it’s fair share of astounding talent… as you listen to the back-alley feel of the high-energy opener, “Wanderer“, you’ll know why I feel that way… my keyword for this track is “punctual”… every note from every player is right where it’s supposed to be! If you’re inclined towards something a bit more laid-back & pensive, you’ll certainly dig “Visions and Dreams” as much as I did… beautiful interplay between Troy & Jared on this one, to be sure. Since I’m a piano aficionado (and a player “back in the day”), it was too easy to pick the 6:12 “Brother Spiro” as my personal favorite of the nine songs offered up… some of the tastiest trumpet work I’ve heard (yet) in 2017. I give Jared & his playing pals a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.98. Get more information at Brian Lynch’s Hollistic Music Works page for the release.