Ryan Kisor

Usual Suspects

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The youngest of the "young lion" trumpet phenoms, Ryan Kisor proves on this Fable Records release that he can certainly hold his own with his higher-profile peers (Hargrove, Payton, Roney, Marsalis). Backed by a trio of talented young cohorts (Peter Zak on piano, John Webber on bass, and Willie Jones III on drums), Kisor works through a nicely balanced set of originals, ballads, and post-bop burners. An intelligent and technically accomplished musician, Kisor mostly eschews instrumental fireworks here for a more mature, patient approach that emphasizes his warm, full-bodied tone.

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