Album: Ambrose Akinmusire, When the Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)

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All hail the new star: 29-year old Californian trumpeter Akinmusire might not offer a new conception of jazz, but what he's doing with the old one is hard to beat.

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. He's the best new trumpeter to emerge since Dave Douglas, which is praise indeed.