The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint

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The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 10, 2014 (2014-03-10)
Recorded2013
StudioBrooklyn Recording, Brooklyn
Revolution Recording Inc., Toronto
GenreJazz
Length78:38
LabelBlue Note/Capitol/Universal
ProducerAmbrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire chronology
When the Heart Emerges Glistening
(2011)
The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint
(2014)
A Rift in Decorum
(2017)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic86/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
All About Jazz5/5 stars[3]
Jazz Forum3/5 stars[4]
Jazzwise3/5 stars[5]
PopMatters9/10 stars[6]
Tom HullB–[7]

The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint is the third studio album by American jazz trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. The album was released on March 10, 2014 by Blue Note, Capitol, and Universal labels.

Background[edit]

This is his second album for Blue Note. Akinmusire wrote 12 of the 13 tracks and produced the album.[8] Composition "Rollcall for Those Absent" is similar to "My Name is Oscar" from his 2011 album When the Heart Emerges Glistening as it adds social context to music, this time through reading the names of young people killed from gunfire, including Patrick Dorismond and Trayvon Martin).[9] "Ceaseless Inexhaustible Child (cyntoia brown)" explores a theme of a woman serving a life sentence for a murder that she committed as a teenager. "Our Basement (ed)" suggests the interior monologue of a homeless man.[10]

Reception[edit]

Will Layman of PopMatters stated "The virtues of The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint are, finally, so varied and many that some readers of this review may wonder if it sounds disjointed. And the answer is no. Even though Akinmusire cycles his music through four different vocal performances, several different combinations of instruments, mixing genres with abandon along the way, the result is unified in the best sense. Akinmusire's voice on trumpet is a clear through-line that brings one very interesting voice to every song. The variations in tone, form, and emotion make Imagined Savior a satisfying journey rather than an immersion in a single mood, such that listening to this album as it was conceived and put together by a great artist is a whole, marvelous experience. Ambrose Akinmusire, with his two most recent recordings, stakes a claim as one of the very best musicians in jazz – or any other style of music. He won't be contained. Neither will your emotions as you soak up this daring, fulfilling, perfectly crafted 80 minutes of music."[11]

Thom Jurek of Allmusic wrote "Akinmusire self-produced this set and showcases a diverse range of carefully scripted, genre-blurring compositions—modern classical, vanguard pop, spoken word—in addition to jazz... The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint is provocative: its moodiness, myriad musical directions, and 79-minute length may be initially off-putting. What is revealed with repeated listening, however, is that this set's achievement is commensurate with its ambition."

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Ambrose Akinmusire except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Marie Christie" 3:17
2."As We Fight (Willie Penrose)" 6:25
3."Our Basement (Ed)" (featuring Becca Stevens)Becca Stevens6:28
4."Vartha" 7:48
5."Memo (G. Learson)" 5:53
6."The Beauty of Dissolving Portraits" 4:14
7."Asiam (Joan)" (featuring Theo Bleckmann)Akinmusire, Theo Bleckmann6:03
8."Bubbles (John William Sublett)" 3:55
9."Ceaseless Inexhaustible Child (Cyntoia Brown)" (featuring Cold Specks)Akinmusire, Cold Specks6:12
10."Rollcall for Those Absent" 3:39
11."J.E. Nilmah (Ecclesiastes 6:10)" 5:13
12."Inflatedbyspinning" 3:03
13."Richard (Conduit)" 16:28
Total length:78:38

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint - Ambrose Akinmusire". Metacritic. Retrieved 7 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "The Imagined Savior is Far Easier to Paint - Ambrose Akinmusire : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Ambrose Akinmusire: The imagined savior is far easier to paint". All About Jazz. Retrieved 7 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Romański, Marek. "The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint | Jazz Forum". Jazz Forum (in Polish). Retrieved 24 August 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Le Gendre, Kevin (May 2014). "Review". Jazzwise. Retrieved 19 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Diver, Mike. "Ambrose Akinmusire: The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint - PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 7 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Tom Hull: Grade List: Ambrose Akinmusire". Tom Hull. Retrieved 10 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Meet - Ambrose Akinmusire". Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. monkinstitute.org. Retrieved 13 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Ambrose Akinmusire: The imagined savior is far easier to paint". All About Jazz. Retrieved 7 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Albums From Aloe Blacc, Sara Evans and Ambrose Akinmusire". The New York Times. nytimes.com. March 10, 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ Diver, Mike. "Ambrose Akinmusire: The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint - PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 7 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)