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Josh Levinson Interview by Debbie Burke

5.28.2018

Josh Levinson - Morning Joy

Debbie Burke

 

"From the jump, "Morning Joy" swings hard and bright, the title track of a new CD from the Josh Levinson Septet.

No crowded studio or stage here; seven instrumentalists but they blend like a summer drink, with lots of space and air for everybody. The ensemble is led by trumpet player Josh Levinson, a guy who proves he can write a titanium hook.

The big-band sound swells and pulls back on "Potential," a track that’s hip, bouncy and has a stirring piano solo. "Celebration" feels like one; lots of instrumental unity and echoism, with drums that keep it swift and light and a welcome sprinkling of vocalese for emphasis. They enter into bebop territory with "C Sharpe Was Here," and get down deep and somber in the stunning "Prayer for Orlando."

Josh Levinson’s latest CD is full of feel-great, memorable melodies, providing a joy that’s good for any time of the day or night or any season of life."

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Just Jazz reviews Morning Joy

Josh Levinson - Morning Joy

Bob Bernotas, Just Jazz

 

This septet session from trumpeter-composer Josh Levinson is real thing, squared, hard bop for today and tomorrow, deeply rooted in that venerable jazz tradition, while looking forward with vision and clarity. Levinson has richly orchestrated a dozen of his originals for a tight four-horn frontline, abundantly laced with surprises that will keep listeners involved and delighted.