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by Cuong Vu

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intro 06:54
i promise 08:44


Cuong Vu – trumpet
Chris Speed – tenor saxophone and clarinet
Stomu Takeishi – electric bass
Ted Poor – drums

Recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced by Gerardo Rosado at Zona de Intolerancia Studios, Mexico City

"Now he’s made just the right move. ...the point of Mr. Vu’s music, at its best, is just that: to make you feel lost in it." - Ben Ratliff, NY Times

"On his excellent new album with Speed and the trio, "Vu-Tet" (ArtistShare), Vu's trumpet chops are noticeably nimble, especially on the bumblebee flights of "Accelerated Thoughts," the muscular runs of "Never, Ever, Ever" and the romantic lyricism of "I Promise."" - Paul de Barros, Seattle Times

"But this is a really good record, scary good, and it needs to be heard by as many people as possible. I’m not saying that you’ll necessarily like it — all I’m saying is that if you don’t, then you suck." - Matt Cibula, Cave17.com

"A pinnacle in Cuong Vu's discography, Vu-Tet reveals a unified voice that veers from somber to fervid, never falling victim to post-modern pastiche." - Troy Collins, All About Jazz

"Vu-Tet—an innovative, modernistic, compelling recording, from start to finish—answers the 'Why plug in a trumpet?' question convincingly. Outstanding!" - Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz

"While Vu became more visible when he joined the Pat Metheny Group in 2001, his work on the guitarist's more eminently accessible Speaking of Now (Warner Bros., 2002) and ambitious The Way Up (Nonesuch, 2005) hasn't compromised his own evolving voice. Instead, Vu-Tet capitalizes on and expands upon the successes of It's Mostly Residual, with even greater compositional depth, textural breadth, improvisational freedom and intimate group interaction." - John Kelman, All About Jazz


released August 1, 2007


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Cuong Vu Seattle, Washington

Cuong Vu is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing talents to a wide range of artists including Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Cibo Matto, and Mitchell Froom. ... more

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