Hollistic MusicWorks’ New CD Release Makes Strong Debut on Jazz Radio and Garners Critical Acclaim
“Lynch is one of the finest trumpeters we have in jazz….a clean, precise and soulful soloist who always knows how to deliver the essence of a song…. Here’s hoping this “unsung” project gets the recognition all of these artists deserve on next summer’s festival circuit.” Frank Alkyer, Downbeat Online http://www.downbeat.com/defaultl.asp?sect=editorspicks201312
“Here’s a delightful manner in which to spend some quality listening time enjoying decidedly modern, positive and fresh interpretations of music that simultaneously embrace the heritage of past masters and allows our current masters opportunity to shine.” Rick Erben, Jazz Radio KIOS http://kios.org/post/jazz-cd-month-brian-lynch-unsung-heroes-volume-2-hollistic-music-works
Dec. 19, 2013 – The new CD release by Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, Unsung Heroes Vol. 2, has been brightening up the 2013 holiday season for listeners with impressive initial showings on jazz radio playlists and critics’ lists. The followup to Lynch’s acclaimed Unsung Heroes, a 5 star Downbeat pick and top radio disc of 2011, entered the JazzWeek radio chart as its top charting debut and has risen to the Top 20 (#19) in its second week on the industry standard list. In the process, the disc received Album of the Month honors for December by powerhouse jazz radio station KUVO (Denver) and Jazz CD of the Month kudos from Omaha’s KIOS. Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 is also an Editor’s Pick for December by Downbeat Online and is making its way onto many critics’ favorites lists of the season.
The second volume of his Unsung Heroes project extends trumpeter Brian Lynch’s salute to underappreciated trumpet masters in fine form. From the same sessions as the acclaimed Unsung Heroes CD (5 Stars in Downbeat Magazine), Vol. 2 continues the mix of little known or unrecorded compositions by “under the radar” jazz trumpeters such as Idrees Sulieman, Tommy Turrentine, and Joe Gordon with original Lynch compositions in the spirit of these trumpet maters. In Unsung Heroes Vol. 2, Lynch and his crack band (including alto sax great Vincent Herring) pay tribute “in the tradition” while staying fresh, creative and highly swinging. Lynch’s trumpet work shows why he’s considered one of “the best and busiest trumpeters in jazz…” (Jazz Times Magazine)
Lynch was recently featured in a full length profile in Jazz Times magazine (October 2013) and will be featured in an upcoming article for Jazziz.
Listen to a track from Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 :
UNSUNG HEROES VOL. 2 (Hollistic MusicWorks HMW2)
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BRIAN LYNCH’S “UNSUNG HEROES VOL. 2″ FINALLY RELEASED ON CD!
THE ACCLAIMED RECORDING PROJECT SALUTING UNDERAPPRECIATED TRUMPET MASTERS NOW “ALL PHYSICAL” TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 12
“Whether or not they realize it, jazz players owe a serious nod to the many musicians through the years who have influenced and helped shape the branches on the musical tree…not just the household name players, but the many others – active or deceased – who’ve been innovators in their own way. Brian Lynch understands this big time….Lynch and his band…take the music of the aforementioned innovators and add their own contemporary stamp. It is a beautiful project…. Lynch has developed a great way to pay forward the influences that he absorbed.” - KEN FRANCKLING, Jazz Notes
“The series is more than a tribute; it’s an effort to preserve and perpetuate the bop legacy….While releases like Unsung Heroes appear with some frequency, few sound as accomplished or exuberant.”
-ERIC FINE, Downbeat (***** 5 Star Review for Vol.1)
“Brian Lynch’s valid thesis is that the great jazz trumpet tradition has been created not only by towering figures like Louis and Dizzy and Miles, but by second-echelon players like Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, Louis Smith, Claudio Roditi, Kamau Adilifu, Joe Gordon, Ira Sullivan and Charles Tolliver…. Lynch is an articulate trumpet player with his own polished concept, and he does not attempt to mimic the styles of his heroes. His tributes go deeper….Most of all, what makes these tributes authentic is the high level of creative execution throughout Lynch’s sextet.” -THOMAS CONRAD, Jazz Times
“This isn’t the first sort of “legacy” project in your discography but it seems to be the one getting the most attention….The unearthing of these unrecorded compositions is a major contribution to these musicians you’re celebrating.” -LAZARO VEGA, Blue Lake Public Radio
Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch created a decided stir in 2011 with the release of his Unsung Heroes project. Both an affirmation of his tradition-drenched roots in modern Black American Music (A Jazz Messenger, Brian was also a long time member of Horace Silver’s Quintet as a young man and “paid his dues” with myriad figures of the real jazz tradition including Charles McPherson, Benny Golson, the Phil Woods Quintet, etc.) and a bold statement of artistic self-determination (Unsung Heroes was the maiden voyage of Brian’s label Hollistic MusicWorks, dedicated to independence of the artist and integrity of the music expressed by 21st century means), Unsung Heroes received attention and acclaim far past what is usually expected from what Brian himself described as a “…collection of unpretentious and straight ahead music”, including a 5 star review in Downbeat Magazine. This is an indication of the rare excellence of the Unsung Heroes project, in its fresh conception and in its brilliant and swinging execution by the Unsung Heroes band (Lynch, alto sax master Vincent Herring, tenor saxophonist Alex Hoffman, the brilliant pianist Rob Schneiderman, bassist David Wong, and drummer Pete Van Nostrand). Now, on November 12, 2013, the second volume of Unsung Heroes is at last available on CD.
The elements that make Unsung Heroes stand out among the many superficially similar “straight-ahead jazz” releases of the past few years are numerous and sharply marked. First, the concept: far from being a rote “celebration” of the obvious jazz icons, Unsung Heroes plumbs the rich depth of the music in exploring the work of such underappreciated masters as (on the second volume) trumpeters Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, and Joe Gordon. Having access to unrecorded scores (courtesy of publisher and project supporter Don Sickler of www.jazzleadsheets.com) and other primary sources of these artists created the possibility of recording new and unheard music for these sessions, in contrast to either a rote recitation of a previously recorded version or a “reimagining” remote from the composer’s intention. And most of all, the fresh, unforced quality of the performances throughout sets Unsung Heroes apart from those present day releases that all too often exhibit the “anxiety of influence”, either by the slavish obedience to it or the headlong flight from it. The musicians of Unsung Heroes are secure in their ability to make swinging, straight-ahead music without cliche, and Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 is further confirmation of that fact. The Unsung Heroes project is an affirmation of the continuing relevance of the form when it’s done right!
UNSUNG HEROES VOL. 2 ON CD: STREET DATE NOV. 12 (Hollistic MusicWorks HMW2)
AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON, CD BABY, AND INDEPENDENT RECORD RETAILERS
and also through http://hollisticmusicworks.com
THE UNSUNG HEROES PROJECT ON DIGITAL: Vol. 1 and 2 available on ITunes, eMusic, and Amazon
Both volumes along with alternate takes from the sessions (Unsung Heroes Vol. 3) and play along versions of Unsung Heroes tracks are available at the Hollistic MusicWorks Bandcamp site: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com
Hollistic MusicWorks, in collaboration with Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen, is happy to announce that the Kickstarter campaign in support of their upcoming recording Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen – Quartet and Duo is now live!
Kickstarter is the pioneering crowd funding platform that has become the support vehicle for creative artists ranging from Spike Lee to your local creator down the street. Kickstarter and Hollistic MusicWorks are no strangers to each other, with Brian Lynch’s Unsung Heroes recording project being supported by funding from a successful Kickstarter project in 2010.
With Kickstarter all funding Is dependent on the overall fund raising goal being reached, and in a limited amount of time; in this case the deadline is September 12, which happens to be Brian’s birthday!
The collaboration between Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Lynch and new star on the modern jazz horizon Cohen is shaping up to be one of the must have discs for 2013-2014. Joined by legendary drummer Billy Hart and master bassist Boris Kozlov, Lynch and Cohen present a quartet program of originals bridging traditional and contemporary sounds with virtuosity, passion and swinging aplomb. As a duo, they essay and recast jazz classics and standards with warmth, intelligence and lack of cliche.
Funding proceeds from successfully reaching the Kickstarter goal will go towards completing the production of the recording (mixing, mastering, and manufacturing), as well as publicity, promotion and other support for the CD and digital releases. We want to give this music the exposure it deserves!
Support Brian and Emmet as they bring their opus to fruition! A variety of exciting rewards await those who choose to support these intrepid and talented artists in their present musical journey. Rewards are tailored to all different levels of support as well as type of supporter, from fan to patron of the arts and corporate sponsor.
Learn about the Brian Lynch / Emmet Cohen Project and pledge your support here.
View the Official Video:
Listen to rough mixes from the Quartet and Duo:
Duo: How Deep Is The Ocean
Thanks For Your Support & Keep Swinging,
Brian & Hollistic MusicWorks
Lots to report, actually too much for one post. So for Part 1, here’s some news about recent releases from my little empresa:
BRIAN LYNCH – UNSUNG HEROES VOL. 2 OUT ON ITUNES NOW!
Also on eMusic, Amazon MP3, Spotify
I’m happy to announce that the second volume of works from the Unsung Heroes project is now in wider distribution in the digital realm (UH Vol. 2 was only available through brianlynchjazz.com and the HMW website previous to this). The music on Vol. 2 is from the same sessions as the Downbeat 5 star rated Vol. 1, and further develops the project theme of shedding light on the work of “some under appreciated trumpet masters”. On tap are never before recorded compositions of Idrees Sulieman, Tommy Turrentine, along with work by Donald Byrd, Howard McGhee, and Brian Lynch originals “in tribute to…”.
The Unsung Heroes band is: Brian Lynch, trumpet and flugel; Vincent Herring, alto sax; Alex Hoffman, tenor sax; Rob Schneiderman, piano; David Wong, bass; and Pete Van Nostrand, drums.
Here’s a sample – a video of the leadoff cut, Tommy Turrentine’s “It Could Be”:
You can find Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 on your favorite platform as follows:
And if you want to cut out the middleman, you can still cop on my website (actually Bandcamp) and get a sumptuous digital booklet, which you can’t get on the other stores: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/album/unsung-heroes-vol-2
Hollistic MusicWorks is starting to stretch out a bit. I’m elated to be putting out work by friends and colleagues who I think you should be acquainted with, and with whom I’ve collaborated with musically:
KILLER RAY APPLETON – NAPTOWN LEGACY
I’ve known “Killer” since my school days in Milwaukee, way more than 30 years now! He is one of the “last of the line” of truly swinging drummers, and a bandleader with a compelling vision based on the passion of memory – his first hand memories of playing with the greats like Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, and John Coltrane.
“Naptown Legacy” was a labor of love and a collective project by all of us on the recording – myself, Ian Hendrickson-Smith on alto, Todd Herbert on tenor, the great Peter Bernstein on guitar, Rick Germanson on piano, Robert Sabin on bass, and Little Johnny Rivero on percussion. It couldn’t have been made possible without the friendship and generous support of executive producer James Polsky.
Without a lot of resources to create ballyhoo, Naptown Legacy and Killer Ray have been nonetheless creating a stir in the jazz community. Killer’s recent feature piece in Jazz Times was well done (and long overdue):
NPR also did a nice piece on the record:
After you listen to this sample, get your copy of Naptown Legacy today:
ERIC JACOBSON/SCHOOR QUINTET featuring BRIAN LYNCH – COMBINATIONS
My Milwaukee buddies, trumpeter Eric Jacobson and his front line partner Eric Schoor on tenor sax, have a swinging, straight ahead band that is a joy to listen to and play with. On a live gig at Milwaukee’s Jazz Estate club (a local institution for many years) last year, I joined them for a program of jazz classics and their hip originals. Of special note on this date was the presence of one of my oldest musical buddies and as good of a pianist as you’ll find ANYWHERE, Barry Velleman. Don’t take my word for it, find out for yourself!
I’m proud to have the opportunity to have “Combinations” on my HMW label: Cop it now!
Physical CD out on Amazon and on HMW website soon
I have a lot more to let you know about; there are some pretty killing new things coming up from HMW! I think you may be getting another one of these before too long….