Trumpeter Thomas Marriott keeps growing as an artist. He has released CDs at a healthy pace since 2005: an introduction for many perhaps unwary jazz fans to some warped country western flavor on Crazy: The Music of Willie Nelson (Origin Records, 2008); cranking an all-star quintet up in a modern mainstream mode on Flexicon (Origin Records, 2009); and letting it rip on a two-trumpet blow fest with fellow brass man Ray Vega on East-West Trumpet Summit (Origin Records, 2010). Constraints and Liberations ups his output to two releases in 2010.
Spontaneity has always been a big part of Marriott’s jazz game, but with Constraints and Liberations, it seems he has gone deeper into that mode. The set opens with his original “Diagram.” A bright splendor of two-horn harmony introduces the tune with a teaming of the leader’s open horn and Hans Teuber’s haunting tenor saxophone, leading to a shift into brass/reed conversation, with Teuber telepathically finishing Marriott’s opening statement.
Here, and throughout the set, the rhythm team—pianist Gary Versace; bassist Jeff Johnson, and drummer John Bishop—maintains a low key tumult that keeps things on edge.
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