Friday, July 26, 2013

Jacob Varmus, Terminal Stillness

Everything that moves lives. Music moves yet. Music is still alive. Music is very much alive in the mind and trumpet playing of Jacob Varmus. His album Terminal Stillness (self-released) gives you plenty of evidence.

Jacob has a beautiful sound, perhaps slightly reminiscent of Kenny Wheeler and perhaps Dave Douglas at times in that medium-hard purity of execution. He writes some very nice music in a kind of post-ECM lyrical mode. He gives us a great version of "Ju-Ju" too. And he fronts a band that has talent, subtlety and Kris Davis on piano (who we've gotten to know and love from her Clean Feed sides especially).

This session is from 2006, but it doesn't matter WHEN because it comes across as beyond time. Varmus is a talent, a beautiful player and composer-arranger. That's what this disk tells me and I am glad everytime I hear it.

More, please. Thank you!

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