Alex Nguyen’s solo is achingly beautiful. He conjures up the essence of Miles Davis’s message with space, depth, and sensitivity.
Anyone who doubts the future of jazz needs only to sit in the audience during an Alex Nguyen performance. With an old soul that belies his twentysomething years, the young trumpeter (and Savannah native) performs jazz standards as if he was present when they were composed. He’s comfortable in a genre which favors pacing and improvisation based on the emotional depth of a song
He’s a new name to me, and a happy discovery... an exciting sound with plenty of focused energy and good vibes all around... especially notable to see the bandleader enjoying himself so much, appreciating his players’ work— something not always prevalent in world of ultra-cool laidback jazz cats.
Nguyen exhibits amazing control of the trumpet, harnessing the horn’s power with an astounding expressiveness that seems as if each breath carries with it a specific emotional message.
The First Year,” a gentle bossa nova by Alex Nguyen, a student whom Barron recently met at a Washington, D.C., performance, was another high point. The piece was simply written but meaty.
Soloists who caught my ear included… Alex Nguyen (North Florida) whose muted trumpet was featured all the way on a deliciously slow-cooked version of “Mean to Me.
Alex Nguyen is an old soul in a young trumpet player’s body.