Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre

Paths to Glory

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Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre expands his core trio with the addition of bassist Adam Lane, a last-minute replacement for highly regarded trumpeter Roy Campbell, who was unavailable due to the death of his father a few days earlier. While the highly anticipated three-horn front line of tuba, sax, and trumpet is missed, the talented Lane adds a different dimension, a sophisticated depth of sound in the lower registers, marked by an orchestral sensibility that helps thrust forward the quartet with singular urgency. The group gels, with McIntyre, nearly 70 years old at the time of the recording, more focused in his improvisatory excursions than at almost any time in his career. He carries a mantle of experience, with roots deep in the early days of the AACM, that invigorates his playing and compensates for any largely insignificant technical lapses. What McIntyre shows, for example, on Ravish Momin's magnificent "Suite for My Mother," and again on his own "Let Us All Relax," is how his slightly sluggish, though relentless, attack so appealingly seduces. The final interpretation of Charlie Parker's "Confirmation," the only piece likely to be easily recognizable, shows how seamlessly McIntyre can navigate a bop classic, with an inimitable style that respects the essence of the tune. The little-known Jesse Dulman impresses on tuba, with consistently strong solos that clearly place him in the upper ranks of the tiny fraternity of jazz tuba players. He is featured at length, with solos that reveal an unabashed emotionalism. Drummer Ravish Momin covers double ground as a forceful bastion of rhythmic support and as an exciting soloist.