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Music Review: Ron Miles Trio's 'Quiver'

Ron Miles is not well known outside the jazz world. But to fans and musicians, Miles is considered one of the best trumpeters out there. The Ron Miles Trio recently released a new album, Quiver.

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You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Jazz musician Ron Miles is not a household name, but among die-hard jazz fans, he's considered one of the finest trumpeters playing today. The Ron Miles Trio recently released a new album called "Quiver," and Michelle Mercer has a review.

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MICHELLE MERCER, BYLINE: Ron Miles is best known for his collaborations with guitarist Bill Frisell, who joins him along with drummer Brian Blade on this new recording. Three of "Quiver's" tracks were recorded live in a Denver jazz club.

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MERCER: When the musicians went into the studio to make "Quiver's" six other tracks, they maintained the mood and sound of the jazz club by recording together in the same room rather than in isolation booths. This jazz club feel highlights Ron Miles' lyricism, his most outstanding musical characteristic.

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MERCER: This lyricism is no accident. Miles says when he practices, he often sings out a part, transcribes the part, then plays it back on the trumpet. Ron Miles' singing sound connects him to an older tradition of trumpet playing, most obviously on "Doin' the Voom Voom," a Duke Ellington tune.

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MERCER: A quiet purposefulness pervades "Quiver," which is refreshingly free of concept or backstory. When musicians as perceptive and responsive as Ron Miles, Bill Frisell and Brian Blade come together, the result is sublime.

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CORNISH: "Quiver" is the new album from the Ron Miles Trio. Our reviewer, Michelle Mercer, is author of a book about Joni Mitchell called "Will You Take Me As I Am."

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