An engaging mix of jazz and classical sounds, trumpeter Tom Harrell's latest release is the first project to appear on BMG's newly re-activated Bluebird imprint.

An engaging mix of jazz and classical sounds, trumpeter Tom Harrell's latest release is the first project to appear on BMG's newly re-activated Bluebird imprint. Harrell is a truly sublime improviser, whose strength comes in the winsome lines he wraps around his ethereal arrangements and the wide range of emotion that his music evokes. For every tight, joyous, big band-influenced burst of energy, there is an equally pensive moment of solitary reflection, as such pieces as "Daybreak," "Wind Chant," and "Sunrise" well up with emotions ranging from the simplest joys to the darkest fears. Harrell utilizes both a jazz septet and a string ensemble to bring his compositions to life, creating a journey through the psyche that is sometimes uplifting, sometimes disquieting, and, most important, wholly satisfying.—SG