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Marcus Printup Live

Marcus Printup -- Trumpet
Coleman Hughes -- Trombone
Patrick Bartley -- Alto Saxophone
Jerome Jennings -- Drums
Eric Wheeler -- Bass
Allyn Johnson -- Piano

The Marcus Printup Sextet took to the stage and set about serving up some very pleasing music from the current release Young Bloods in an intimate club setting.

The quartet began the destination with the light and bouncy "En Route" following up with the waltzy, lilting title tune "Young Bloods."

"The Bishop," which was a swinging piece with a groovy old school feel was fitting homage to Printup's mentor and band teacher Bishop David Hudson who taught music for 45 years. It had the feel of being a conversation with the Bishop.

Printup, who has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for 23 years, pointed out that the album was titled Young Bloods because he considers the band members as such, pointing out that he is in his forties and that he is the oldest member of the Sextet. But each member is very talented, has honed his craft and adds nicely to the young musicians of this talented group that forms a very cohesive unit that makes some wonderfully creative music.

"In A Sentimental Mood" is a melodic, quiet, moving masterful performed rendering of this great composition that is a tribute to the memory of beloved band member they had lost.

"Greasy," the closing tune had plenty of funky bottom. It was as Printup described it, a soulful, greasy piece that "stank." And guest alto sax player Francesco Cafiso's solo was also very tasty.

Indeed it was the perfect piece that had people head shaking, finger popping and toe tapping. And, it was the most appropriately soulful way to end a very fine performance.

You can find out more about Marcus Printup here.

©L'cinda Scott-McCall