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Ambrose Akinmusire | Prelude ... to Cora Featuring Aaron Parks , Walter Smith III , Joe Sanders , Justin Brown And Chris Dingman

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Prelude ... to Cora Featuring Aaron Parks , Walter Smith III , Joe Sanders , Justin Brown And Chris Dingman

by Ambrose Akinmusire

A creative & highly original collection of mind opening - body bending music by 1st place Winner of 2007 Thelonious Monk trumpet Comp.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dreams Of The Manbahsniese
7:38 $0.99
2. Vibe Intro-Aroca
1:05 $0.99
3. Aroca
8:46 $0.99
4. HumSong (SkidRow Anthem)
6:04 $0.99
5. M.I.S.T.A.G. (My Inappropriate Soundtrack To A Genocide)
5:23 $0.99
6. Trumpet Intro/Dedication To Ruby
2:21 $0.99
7. Ruby
9:27 $0.99
8. Ghost Ship
5:36 $0.99
9. Dingmandingo
9:18 $0.99
10. Stablemates
5:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ambrose's conceptual extension into a new musical language is never to the exclusion of beauty. As one who listens intently, he values the fertility of a pause, of communication, of tension. Ambrose began conceptualizing early as a musician, theorizing and experimenting as a catalyst for development. He seeks other genres of music to analyze and expose, drawing inspiration from such musicians as Bjork and Chopin.

Ambrose’s music restructures accepted notions of jazz in a way that reflects his ability to recognize nuances, multiplicities, and patterns. First playing piano at the age of three, his familiarity with music began long before putting his mouth to a trumpet. He is relentlessly opposed to stagnation, seeking movement in both his music and his life. Before he was eighteen, Ambrose had already performed with such famed musicians as Joe Henderson, Joshua Redman, Steve Coleman, and Billy Higgins. After graduating Berkeley High School, he moved to New York to begin a scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Vincent Pinzerella from the New York Philharmonic, Dick Oatts, Lew Soloff, and Laurie Frink.

Throughout his studies, Ambrose continued to tether audiences to his concepts and his sound, performing publicly with Lonnie Plaxico, Stefon Harris, Josh Roseman, Vijay Iyer, Charlie Persip, the Mingus Big Band, and the San Francisco Jazz Collective, to name only a few. His exposure to dynamic modes of playing and to musicians with accumulated experiences only promoted the development of his own distinct musical style. Ambrose is a recent graduate of the Masters program at USC, and also the Monk Institute, Ambrose’s instructors include Terence Blanchard, Billy Childs and Gary Grant. In the past year, he has worked with such artists as Jimmy Heath, Jason Moran, Hal Crook, Bob Hurst, Terri Lynne Carrington, Ron Carter, and Wallace Roney, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Most recently Ambrose is the winner of both the 2007 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.

As for a conclusion, there is none. Ambrose’s musical trajectory continues to grow in more than one direction, drawing from the most unconventional sources, unraveling the most comfortable conceptions of limitation. His persistent reevaluations and his aspirations to evolution and beauty carry it to an entirely new space within itself.



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Mike Maher

NEW music!!
This disc showcases fantastic playing!! That is to be expected, considering the lineup. What I think is more important though, (and more rare) is it's great compositions. They are not showcased in the standard jazz way. An original sound is present that makes me want to listen again and again. This record makes it's own statement. A very worthy achievement. Thanks Ambrose (and band)!


This CD is fabulous. It is well worth the money and more. This artist is a true star.



Josh McDonald

That's all there is to say. Killin.

rene roks

just buy this amazing cd
this is the best music I heard since a long time. creative and courageous writing, superb musicianship and yes lots of energy. sometimes music should surprise you...i read about how people anticipated a new miles davis album in the 50's and 60's...well i guess that this is what this album did to me. just order this amazing cd.

Jason Williams

Finally !!!
Ambrose has been my favorite musician for years . I am glad to see him finally step out to claim his Thrown at the top ... He to my surprise showcases his writing chops here in his debut . You can still sense his innovative nature through his beautiful compositions . Ambrose if you read this please keep on your path and dont stray you have changed my life , thank you !!!


fantastic cd
I first heard this music on rhapsody, looking up artists playing in the Stanford Jazz Festival. I fell in love with Dreams of the Manbahsniese and Ruby first, although the whole CD is excellent. There are fantastic original compositions here, and creative use of almost operatic vocals.

Ambrose's Stanford show had a slightly different sound, with different musicians, and no vocals. However the show was also excellent. I look forward to more music from what I expect to be a brilliant career.

Congrats, and thanks to Ambrose and company. Truly fantastic work.

Nick Grinder

Ambrose is the shiz
No one pushes like Ambrose. What a unique sound. He kills stablemates and everything else on that cd. Ambrose and his band are breaking new ground, who else out there is doing that? Amazing cd.

Trent Austin

Can I give it 10 stars?
One of the new rising stars on the trumpet for sure... this CD will not leave my playlist for some time.

Everyone owes it to check him out!