By Dave Herrera | Sept. 1, 2016 | 8:45 a.m.
Joshua Trinidad has a new single out. Spoiler alert: it's every bit as great as expected.
Of course, those expectations have essentially been established by Trinidad himself, thanks to the capable consistency with which he's continually crafted captivating music over the years. A masterful musician, the gifted trumpeter has been prodigiously prolific over the years, converging creatively in a confluence of configurations with a wide array of acclaimed artists.
To that end, Trinidad has elevated everything he's ever ever been involved with musically, and it's been a wide spectrum, from collaborating with acts like Poets Row and Wheelchair Sports Camp to spearheading his own campaigns with GoStar and the Joshua Trinidad Trio, just to name a few.
But not only does he have a knack for making great music that much more interesting, but he's been admirably audacious when it comes to creativity, from Buck, in which he literally composed a soundtrack to a set of still photos, to Cortege, in which he wrote a score to played at his own funeral.
So, yeah, it doesn't matter what music Joshua Trinidad is making. It's guaranteed to be good, and you can bet it will break with convention. Although he wields an instrument that is most prominently associated with jazz, Trinidad has never been confined to just that genre and has shape shifted his style to fit outside that context.
His latest track, his interpretation of James Blake's tune "Retrograde," is the latest example of this. While the original is centered on Blake's mellifluous vocals, Trinidad takes his trumpet and deftly channels the tone and texture of his voice. The results resemble a stunning, impressionistic watercolor imprint of the original.
Trinidad recorded the tune this week in his home studio with all analog equipment. He says he was inspired to pay homage to Blake thanks to a trip he made overseas with Wheelchair Sports Camp about three years ago to perform at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. That's where he first saw Blake perform and where he says he first connected with his music.
He was drawn to it, he says, because he "felt as though I shared a similar approach to music as he does in respects to writing, sound and overall approach," Trinidad explains. "I told myself for years that I should sit down and figure out how to play one of his tunes. I finally found a moment to do so. This process was a great experience."
Indeed, for everyone, it turns out.