I don’t know for sure if daoud is a good boy. I do know he’s a badass trumpet player.

daoud – Trumpet; Etienne Manchon – Piano, Rhodes, Synths, Hammond B3; Guillaume Prevost – Drums; Felix Robin – Vibraphone; Louis Navarro – Double Bass; featuring: Alexandre Galinie – Saxophone; Jeanne Le Goff – Violin; Estelle Besingrand – Cello; Timosha – Guitar

GOOD BOY, a rambunctious debut album from French-Moroccan trumpeter daoud, has been playing nonstop ever since I got a review copy.

Daoud has traveled the world playing alongside artists such as Ibrahim Maalouf, Lakecia Benjamin, and Erik Truffaz. He has produced other musicians. He has published several books on trumpet playing and improvization. It was time for GOOD BOY to happen.

Daoud composed all of GOOD BOY except for ‘Partir Un Jour,’ a French pop chart hit from 1996. This is an impressive quintet. I like pianist Etienne Manchon’s loose and loping intro on the title track ‘Ford Focus.’ You want to hum along when you hear daoud’s jaunty trumpet. Manchon solos, sounding like he is channeling Red Garland, George Shearing, and Monk.

GOOD BOY isn’t smooth jazz, but daoud reminds me of Chuck Mangione. They both have a warm, rich, and full-bodied tone. I know; you can say that about a lot of trumpet players. Mangione had flowing trumpet lines so lyrical and melodic that they made it on to the pop charts. Daoud could do that as well. Both have expressive phrasing and both are masters at dynamics.

Daoud’s playing on ‘Oui’ is lovely. His tone is warm and breathy. When he attacks a note, he is spot on, even when he’s in Chet Baker mode. Daoud is a muscular player. I think he likes to make a ruckus. He pushes the tempo. He gets louder, that breathiness goes away, and his horn is blaring. Felix Robin’s vibraphone started quiet, but it wasn’t about to get left in the dust. They both race to the crescendo.

The vibraphone carries a lot of weight on GOOD BOY. When the mallets are in the hands of Robin, that’s a very good thing.

‘Ficky Stingers’ shows off how good daoud and pianist Manchon are together. Manchon’s left hand plays this cool little riff that sounds like toy soldiers marching across the keyboard. The other hand is jazzy and playful. I like the way Manchon uses syncopation. A phrase will start on the beat, but he’ll reach in and pull it back.

I found a couple of YouTube videos of daoud and Manchon playing together. Manchon is always looking around at daoud with a big smile on his face. These guys are making beautiful music together, and they’re having a blast doing it.

Vibes, a synthesizer, and drums start ‘Quick (Le Restaurant).’ Daoud’s trumpet comes in sounding like a paseillo from the start of a bullfight. Drummer Guillaume Prevost and bassist Louis Navarro are brilliant. Daoud repeats phrases. They get faster, louder. He twists notes up, down, and sideways. His horn is up in the stratosphere sounding right at home.

I don’t know for sure if daoud is a good boy. I do know he’s a badass trumpet player.