The past week brought some great news for me and the Hollistic MusicWorks label – my “Madera Latino” project, celebrating the music of the great Woody Shaw through a Latin Jazz lens and featuring some of today’s top jazz trumpeters, has been nominated for a Grammy® in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album! This is my fourth Grammy nomination, and comes exactly 10 years after my “Simpático” CD in collaboration with Eddie Palmieri won a Grammy in the same category. It’s the first nomination for my label Hollistic MusicWorks, and a testament to the power of DIY (do it yourself)! It wouldn’t have been possible without the great musicians that participated (my trumpet brothers and others), engineers, video/photo crew and the backers for the Kickstarter project that raised funds for Madera’s publicity campaign. (a tally of some of these wonderful folks is at the bottom of this message)
Receiving a Grammy nomination for this project, which was a real labor of love for me over these last four years, fulfilled my every desire for this recording, or so I thought. I now have to admit to you, and to myself, that now that the project has gotten this far, I’m harboring a little hope that it may go all the way. There’s some other great records by friends and colleagues on the nomination list in my category. But I might dare to believe that, with luck, faith, and continuing to spread the word, Madera Latino may win that Grammy, for myself, the other great artists that joined me on the recording, and for the memory and spirit of my musical hero and the “last of the line”, Woody Shaw.
I’d like to invite you to share in this quest by letting your friends, family and networks know about Madera Latino. Some of you may know voting NARAS members; probably most of you don’t but no matter – if you give this project a little love, I think it will help it spread its wings and fly where it needs to be.
To this end, I invite you to listen to Madera Latino at your leisure via my SoundCloud feed. This link will be live up until Grammy ballots are due in mid January: https://soundcloud.com/hollistic-musicworks/sets/brian-lynch-madera-latino
You can also buy Madera Latino if you’d like! The physical CD can be purchased through Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Madera-Latino-Latin-Jazz-Interpretation/dp/B01LYGP0MA/ref=sr_1_1_twi_aud_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1481550919&sr=8-1&keywords=madera+latino
or CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/brianlynch12?_ga=1.244694149.1272328525.1473704975 (Hollistic MusicWorks direct coming soon!):
Downloads can be procured (including a PDF booklet) at my Hollistic MusicWorks Bandcamp site: https://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/album/madera-latino-a-latin-jazz-interpretation-on-the-music-of-woody-shaw
or through iTunes.
It’s the perfect holiday gift!
Madera Latino is also coming to a town near you! Dates confirmed so far in 2017 include:
Jan 3-4: New York, NY – The Jazz Standard
Feb. 25: Miami, FL – Miami Downtown Jazz Festival
and more on the way!
Thanks for reading this and thanks for the support so many of you have given to my work and the work of the artists on Hollistic MusicWorks!
Madera Latino Credits:
Sean Jones (trumpet)
Dave Douglas (trumpet)
Diego Urcola (trumpet)
Etienne Charles (trumpet)
Mike Rodriguez (trumpet)
Josh Evans (trumpet)
Philip Dizack (rumpet)
Bryan Davis (trumpet)
Zaccai Curtis (piano)
Luques Curtis (bass)
Obed Calvaire (drums)
Pedrito Martinez (timbales, congas)
Little Johnny Rivero (congas)
Anthony Carrillo (bongo, campaña)
Mike Marciano (engineer)
Erik Piza (engineer)
Tyler McDiarmid (mix consultant)
Katsuhiko Naito (mastering)
Video: Nick Myers & Aaron Rockers (A-V Web Pro); Gary Stager
Photos: Nick Myers, Gary Stager
Associate Producer: Woody Shaw III
Executive Producer (Kickstarter): Frank Abenante
…and thanks to all the Kickstarter backers, including Tom Dambly. Simon Pilbrow, dscollins, and 122 others!
Brian Lynch (trumpet, engineer, mixing, producer, album design, all arrangements)