Live at the Village Vanguard

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Last Friday, Deborah Gordon set foot in The Village Vanguard for the first time in almost 12 weeks.

Ambrose Akinmusire
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Ambrose Akinmusire has accrued many achievements in the last decade, since his first-place finish at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition. But he hasn’t yet made a live album at the Village Vanguard, a rite of passage for so many of his precursors. That all changes this week — and judging by his quartet’s superb hourlong set on Sunday night, the results will be worth pursuing.

Jimmy Cobb
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