Wondering how trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire is doing in the wake of the (justified) fuss over his 2010 album When The Heart Emerges Glistening, I did a bit of web surfing and discovered that he’s doing fine. Among the evidence was video of an intergenerational concert led by the 77-year-old French film composer and saxophone and clarinet adventurer Michel Portal. The occasion was the 2011 Monte Carlo Jazz Festival in Monaco. Portal’s fellow arsonists in this performance of his “Citrus Juice” are Akinmusire, pianist Bojan Z, guitarist Lionel Loueke, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Nasheet Waits.
*la·gniappe (lan-yap), noun
Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas . 1.a small gift to a customer by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus. 2.a gratuity or tip. 3.an unexpected or indirect benefit.