Year Released: 2009
Recording Company: Mack Avenue
Since Sean Jones debut on the Mack Avenue label, he has gone from strength to strength and has grown to be one of the genres top trumpet players and bandleaders. When I popped the advance copy of the album into CD player, I could not stop listening and played it repeatedly, it is due for worldwide release towards the end of March 2009.
The album is a journey of introspection for Jones who looks back on his career, to quote, This is a journey inside my soul thats taken place over the past 10 years. He says. Its an assessment of where I am in the present as well as how Ive learned from my mistakes and triumphs as a way of looking into the future. Jones continues. This album goes very deep for me. Its a spiritual and sonic journey for me.
It is a pleasing and easy album to listen to and enjoy, the backing band is outstanding and his guest performers deliver the goods. A couple of tracks that caught my attention is The Ambitious Violet and The Storm are two tunes Jones wrote, inspired by poet/philosopher Khalil Gibran. The Ambitious Violet he says, Its about how youd rather spend one day as a towering rose than all your days as a violet, Jones goes on to explain. Its about wanting more. Thats part of my storycoming from a small town but wanting more, whatever it takes.
I enjoyed Gregoire Marets harmonica solo on Life Cycles is fantastic, Joness mellifluous flugel horn highlights the compositional beauty of this Latin tinged ballad. Having met Maret and seen him perform with both Herbie Hancock and Marcus Miller a few years ago. The man has taken the mantel of Toots Thielemans and is going on to great things in the future.
The young star takes his career to new heights with The Search Within and shows he is a composer of compassion and strength, something many older contemporaries have taken years to accomplish. The Search Within is an album that has found pride of place in my collection.
The Search Within (Interlude); Transitions; The Ambitious Violet; Life Cycles; The Storm; Letter of Resignation; The Search Within (For Less); Summer’s Spring; Sunday Reflections; Sean’s Jones Comes Down; Love’s Lullaby; The Search Within (Postlude); The Search Within (Bonus Track)
Sean Jones, Trumpet; Orrin Evans, piano and Fender Rhodes; Brian Hogans, alto saxophone; Walter Smith tenor saxophone; Luques Curtis, bass; Obed Calvaire, drums