Vu, Cuong

ArtistShare, 2008CD
Instrument: Trumpet

Issue: 14.1

Jazz Ruler Type: Avant Garde
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 3
Performance Chart

Sound: 4
Sound Chart

Score Chart

O’s Notes: We weren’t sure what to expect from trumpeter composer Cuong Vu and indeed we were surprised. He opens with a rather sedative piece “Intro” written by bassist Stomu Takeishi. The balance was penned by Vu who opens “Accelerated Thoughts” with an extended phrase of rapid mellow notes before Chris Speed (reeds), Stomu and drummer Ted Poor take the tune into free space. They slow down a few notches on “Solitary Confinement” but the melody remains abstract. “Just A Memory” is a bit more accessible to a mainstream audience. They alternate between slow and fast along with fusion and free jazz. The balance is good. Check out to access downloads of live concerts and much more.


Publicist: Braithwaite & Katz