Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet
Sunday, November 21th
20.00 – Fernán Gómez. Centro Cultural de la Villa
Price: €28 / Concessions: €26 / Friends of the FG: €25
In recent years, lots of novelties have been unveiled to jazz fans. One of them is having had the good sense to embrace a music scene such as hip hop, which – as Miles Davis said shortly before he passed away- is full of treasures to be discovered. The express commissions from the Ecstatic Music Festival in Manhattan and the St. Paul’s Liquid Music Series leave no room for doubt: trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is one of the most solid and original values of this genre, especially after having been able to call on such incisive rappers as Kool A.D. and Lmbr-Jck to materialise both initiatives.
It is still surprising to see how natural it is for this 39 year old musician to embrace success. Billed as one of the great hopes of jazz, Ambrose accepts praise as if it had nothing to do with him. Born in Oakland, California, he was studying at the Berkeley School of Music when he was recruited by alto saxophonist Steve Coleman’s Five Elements band. And don’t for one moment think that his display of talent ends with that detail. On his return from touring Europe with Coleman, Ambrose won two first prizes at the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. These awards changed his life, although he said he accepted them as one more step in his creative and learning process.
Some years ago, when he first visited our National Auditorium, Ambrose declared that he was going through a period of happy discoveries. He claimed that he didn’t know where his music was headed, but in different statements to different media, he showed a predilection for styles as diverse as singer-songwriters, Scandinavian folklore and hip-hop. And it is this latter trend that has clearly won him over in recent times.
Akinmusire is still sketching a new calligraphy for trumpets and for jazz. And he still insists on what has always been his creative and vital motto. It is too similar to the idea behind Bob Dylan’s song “Forever Young” to not think that it is identical. That’s why he still claims that he has no need for concepts. All he needs to create is to see the sun rise every morning.