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Paul Dietrich Quintet

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)
Photo by Ron Perrillo.

Photo by Ron Perrillo.

Madison-based jazz trumpeter Paul Dietrich's second album as a bandleader, Focus, has a great deal of complexity under its often placid surface. Working with a quintet of mostly Chicago-based collaborators, Dietrich has written a set of original compositions that emphasize unhurried, flowing exchanges among instruments, On several tracks, including "The Quick Turn" and "Rush," Katie Ernst's wordless vocals provide an ethereal double to Dietrich's trumpet lines and Dustin Laurenzi's tenor saxophone. The album has its brisk moments—especially pianist Paul Bedal's rippling, repetitive figure on the intro of "Look"—but it's hard to miss its ruminative bent as the quintet delves into the gentle harmonic blurring of "Puddles" and the reassuring spaciousness of "Settle." As he said in a recent Tone Madison interview, Dietrich is still finding his voice as a composer, but Focus' subtly eclectic approach to jazz and its never-showy interplay make it rewarding on repeat listens. Focus came out in May, and the quintet play here as a belated album-release celebration. —Scott Gordon

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