A brilliant improviser with formidable technique, trumpeter Jack Walrath came onto the jazz scene during the late '60s and achieved international recognition as a vital participant in the ensembles led by Charles Mingus during the '70s. In 2000, producer Joel Dorn and 32 Jazz brought out I Am the Walrath, a bracing retrospective of the trumpeter's recorded works dating from 1979-1992. Walrath's versatility, imagination and fortitude suggest an artistic kinship with trumpet legends Booker Little, Don Cherry, Lee Morgan, Ted Curson, Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Marcus Belgrave and Michael Ray. The collective personnel on this exciting collection include Dannie Richmond and Don Pullen, Ray Drummond and Anthony Cox, Benny Green, Cecil Brooks and Ronnie Burrage. An excellent album of modern music, including four Walrath originals (with characteristically twisted titles) and an adaptation of an Albinoni adagio.
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