It’s been ten years since Philip Dizack released his debut album, Beyond a Dream (Fresh Sound), an explosive, Nicholas Payton-esque post-bop affair that marked the trumpeter as a daring yet precise player. The honors poured in, and Dizack was listed as one of Downbeat’s “25 Trumpeters to Watch” alongside Ambrose Akinmusire and Avishai Cohen.
With his second album, End of an Era (Criss Cross), Dizack expanded his sonic palette by adding strings to his simmering, soulful compositions. For Dizack, the album marked a turning point, both as a maturing musician and on a more personal note. “End of an Era represents a moment when what you had is gone,” he told WBGO’s The Checkout. “For me, it’s specific things like family relationships that ended. Both of my grandparents passed away. All those things were very personal, but I saw that everyone goes through something. And it’s all the same.”
Dizack’s latest release is Single Soul (Criss Cross), which manages to feel even more expansive with nothing more than a standard jazz quintet. The trumpeter’s compositions, like the title track, are intricate yet romantic, while his solo take on the Duke Ellington standard “I’ve Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good)” showcases Dizack’s control of both angular lines and gentle lyricism.
Dizack has been a consistent presence at the Gallery over the last decade, and we’re proud to welcome him once again.
The Philip Dizack Quintet plays The Jazz Gallery on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015. The group features Mr. Dizack on trumpet, Gilad Hekselman on guitar, Sam Harrison on piano, Daryl Johns on bass, and Jimmy MacBride on drums. Sets are at 8 and 10 p.m. $15 general admission ($10 for members) for the first set, $10 general admission ($8 for members) for the second. Free with SummerPass. Purchase tickets here.