When the Heart Emerges Glistening Image
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  • Summary: The second album for the jazz trumpeter from California was coproduced with Jason Moran.
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  1. Apr 18, 2011
    90
    When the Heart Emerges Glistening is a gem. It's a jazz record to rave about and to push on your friends.
  2. Apr 18, 2011
    80
    When the Heart Emerges is a breakthrough jazz album that reminds us that in this music, listening closely is of equal importance to speaking out. Akinmusire excels at both.
  3. Apr 18, 2011
    80
    His harmonies have a louche charm, his trumpet sound has a fascinating vocal intimacy, and he makes lightning-fast interplay with the quintet, especially sax player Walter Smith III.
  4. Apr 18, 2011
    80
    Akinmusire has chosen to challenge listeners, exploring free territory where Smith squeaks and squawks his way into the wilderness.
  5. Apr 28, 2011
    80
    Akinmusire's arresting sound and the collective strength of his band of long-time friends--the dry-toned, Wayne Shorter-like saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Justin Brown--power it all.
  6. Over 13 tunes, Akinmusire and his very hot quintet (featuring Walter Smith III on tenor sax and a great drummer, Justin Brown) take the basic format of post-bop straightahead jazz and tease it around with absolute authority.
  7. May 18, 2011
    80
    A beguiling marriage of tradition and modernism. [May 2011, p.107]

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