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Probably the most active trombonist in D.C. jazz, Reginald Cyntje is also among the most in demand. While he’s long been a presence both as leader and sideman, it’s only recently, with 2011’s Freedom’s Children: A Celebration, that his thoughtful, sensitive writing has fully emerged. That’s helped make his sophomore effort, Love, an eagerly anticipated release. Cyntje’s description of the project has helped, too: He calls it “a series of tone poems that expand in the imagination with each listen.” An ambitious promise, to be sure, but the samples he’s shared—meditations in jazz, soul, and the Caribbean rhythms of Cyntje’s St. Thomas upbringing—make it seem easily within reach. The album drops in July, and he marks the occasion with live performance of the work at an August release party.
Reginald Cyntje performs August 9 to 10 at Twins Jazz. $15.