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Moment & The Message

by Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defense

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Circus 07:41
Lo Haze 07:53
Ruy Lopez 05:42
Carthage 07:09
Tensegrity 05:36
Le Bas-Fond 05:56
Tyre 04:14
Scaen Gates 06:06


"The “trickiness” of this music is remarkably inviting. Rather than seeming technical or egg-headed, Finlayson’s themes seems natural and flowing, as if the irregular measure counts developed from breathing or walking rather than music school fancy-pantsiness. Jonathan Finlayson, in Moment & the Message, has created a great modern jazz record that also sounds like joy and feels like a dance."
--Pop Matters

"...Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson...straddles the mathematical and the colloquial so well on this debut that he seems bound for the stature of Coleman, Lehman and Tim Berne, and even of the great Henry Threadgill before them."
--The Guardian

"This music manages a collision of complexity and almost pop-like pleasure"
--Pop Matters

"...Moment & The Message, not only displays his insightful playing and individualism but also some imposing composing skills."
--All About Jazz


released August 4, 2016

Jonathan Finlayson - trumpet
Miles Okazaki - guitar
David Virelles - piano
Keith Witty - bass
Damion Reid - drums


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Jonathan Finlayson New York, New York

Finlayson, has been noted by The New York Times as “an incisive and often surprising trumpeter” Since moving from his native Oakland, CA, to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he has been an active voice in the New York creative music scene. He gained invaluable knowledge and experience through his years of playing alongside the saxophonist and conceptualist Steve Coleman. ... more

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