Album: Cuong Vu 4-Tet, Leaps of Faith (Origin Records)
Sunday 15 May 2011
Like Arve Henriksen, Seattle-based trumpeter Cuong Vu (he came to the US from Vietnam as a child) combines acoustic and electronic soundscapes in a manner that looks to the jazz future rather than the past.
But what is most striking about this at times outstanding live recording is the treatment of several standards (alongside originals and songs by George Harrison and Jackson Browne), to create a cleverly distressed suite where you really have to work to name that tune.
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