A veteran of the groups of Branford Marsalis and Courtney Pine, Julian Joseph's debut as a leader finds him in the company of fellow young British jazzers, tenor saxophonist Jean Touissant, bassist Alec Dankworth, and drummer Mark Mondesir, as they performs ten Joseph originals and one pop tune, Curtis Mayfield's "The Other Side of Town" sung by vocalist Sharon Musgrave. Joseph's compositional and improvisational skills are displayed in equal measure on The Language of Truth. Compositions such as "Don't Chisel the Shisel," "The Wash House," and "The High Priestess" are characterized by their interesting melodies, underlying piano/bass vamps, and shifting tempos, while "The Art of the Calm" is a slower, more lyrical number. Joseph, who seems to be primarily influenced by Herbie Hancock by way of Kenny Kirkland, is also a compelling improviser who contributes exciting solos throughout the recording, with a exceptional one on the previously mentioned "Don't Chisel the Shisel." All of the musicians play well, with Mondesir's inspired drumming the driving force throughout the recording, especially on the up-tempo numbers. Beginning and ending with solo piano, this is an exceptional debut from a promising young musician.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Turner