"Gratified Never Satisfied"
In recent years, Ted Chubb has put a lot of energy into educating kids, spreading the joy of jazz in the New York City area. And the trumpeter, who has played with Christian McBride, Wallace Roney, Don Braden, and many others, practices what he preaches. His new album, "Gratified Never Satisfied," showcases his prowess on trumpet along with his compositional and arranging skills. The album's title, he says, stems from a mentor's philosophy: don't get comfortable in your quests; keep striving. That spirit permeates the album with one outstanding cut after another.
Chubb has superb support from Bruce Williams on sax; Oscar Perez, keyboards; Seth Johnson, guitar; Tom DiCarlo, bass; and Jerome Jennings on drums. And he allows plenty of room for them to shine. In addition to Chubb's nicely varied originals, the album features several excellent covers, including Brooks Bowman's "East Of The Sun," Wayne Shorter's "Adam's Apple," and Willie Nelson's "Everywhere I Go."