Jack Walrath

At Umbria Jazz Festival, Vol. 2

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The second of two albums recorded by trumpeter Jack Walrath's quintet (with trombonist Glen Ferris, pianist Michael Cochrane, bassist Anthony Cox and drummer Mike Clark) is at the same level as the first. The music (long versions of four Walrath originals including remakes of "A Plea for Sanity" and "Mucene the Genii") is well-played and adventurous but does not stick in one's mind afterwards; in general it is easier to respect than to love, making this series of greater interest to Jack Walrath completists rather than more general listeners.