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Genres: Jazz, Pop
On his fourth Blue Note release, Printup proves even further that he is a crafty and assured hard-bop trumpet soloist. He's capable of bluesy growls, surging bop, swinging runs, and lovely melodicism. As he matures, Printu... more »
On his fourth Blue Note release, Printup proves even further that he is a crafty and assured hard-bop trumpet soloist. He's capable of bluesy growls, surging bop, swinging runs, and lovely melodicism. As he matures, Printup also shows a willingness to engage in delightful subtleties, winks, and nods. On this record, he manages to fit swing-era covers--"Black Coffee," "Ain't Misbehavin'," "Body & Soul," "Have You Met Miss Jones?"--into a hard-bop context. Yet, something seems lacking from his own compositions: They seem forced and full of self-conscious twists and turns. Still, his voice as an improviser has grown beyond mere Roy Eldridge and Lee Morgan assimilation. Drummer Woody Williams deftly steers the proceedings with a lively rhythmic palette. Printup inches ever closer to that next level, but isn't quite there yet. --Marc Greilsamer
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Honesty meets Technique
Lamont | Indianapolis, IN | 12/08/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nocturnal Traces has an edge because it is honest, while it is enhanced by Printup's technical ability. I have heard one too many jazz musicians interpret the music and the masters without considering their own emotions. Printup wears his heart on his sleeve and I respect the fact that in whatever he plays there is an unmistakable part of him in it. I would consider this album great but not Printup's best because I know he is not finished yet! Thanks for keepin' it real Marcus."
One of the best recordings of 1998! Printup is very soulful!
Lamont | 01/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An important recording, breaks away from the conformity of his earlier recordings, and proves his great musical leadership. A great band of unknowns too, with a very unique group concept."