The current jazz world has become suspicious of the trend of young players managing to get great record deals early — some would say too early — in their careers. At times it seems any youngster capable of keeping a beat and looking good in a cover photo gets recorded. At first glance, Marcus Printup seems to be the typical example. He has paid a few dues, with Betty Carter, Carl Allen and Cyrus Chestnut (check out his trumpet on Chestnut’s recent “Soul Food”), but not many.
Then again, why should he? He has obviously worked hard to hone his technique and compositions to secure a contract, so why knock him? I won’t — or can’t. His latest release, “The New Boogaloo,” may not be fully ripe, but he’s put together an appealing set of songs with crisp arrangements and a deep sense of swing. What he lacks in experience he makes up for in enthusiasm and dedication to the basics.
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