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Madera Latino Nominated For Grammy!

Posted on December 12th, 2016

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Hi Everyone,

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 DYI (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!

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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!

Brian Lynch

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)

Announcing :Brian Lynch Presents “Madera Latino” Drops On Sep. 26

Posted on September 2nd, 2016

NEW FROM HOLLISTIC MUSICWORKS
Brian Lynch Presents Madera Latino:
A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw
Hollistic MusicWorks HMW 13/14 (2 CD Set)
Release Date: Sep. 26, 2016Watch the EPK For Madera Latino: https://youtu.be/QzHc6HZuBEQ

 
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Brian Lynch trumpet
Sean Jones trumpet
Dave Douglas trumpet
Michael Rodriguez trumpet
Etienne Charles trumpet
Diego Urcola trumpet
Josh Evans trumpet
Philip Dizack trumpet
Bryan Davis trumpet
Zaccai Curtis piano
Luques Curtis bass
Obed Calvaire drums
Pedrito Martinez timbales, congas
Little Johnny Rivero congas, percussion
Anthony Carrilo bongo, campana
Produced by Brian Lynch
All music arranged by Brian Lynch
Associate Producer: Woody Shaw III
Four years in the making, Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch’s “Madera Latino” (Latin Wood) project, exploring the music of jazz innovator and master trumpeter Woody Shaw in a Latin Jazz format, is finally ready for release on Hollistic MusicWorks!
The music of the late, great Woody Shaw (1944-1989) – an innovative and highly individual musical lexicon, expressed through both his chosen instrument of trumpet and his equally distinguished compositions – set a standard of excellence and modernity for Black American Music that has not been surpassed in the 50 years since he first came onto the jazz scene. Madera Latino is an exploration of this giant’s music as viewed through the lens of authentic Afro-Caribbean rhythm and framed by the loving treatment of his compositions in virtuosic Latin Jazz style by Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the genius of Woody by a all star lineup of today’s top trumpeters: Lynch, Sean Jones, Dave Douglas, Diego Urcola, Michael Rodriguez, Etienne Charles, Josh Evans, and Philip Dizack.
In trumpet combinations from duo to quartet, these eminent horns explore Shaw classics including In A Capricornian Way, Tomorrow’s Destiny, Zoltan, Song Of Songs, Sweet Love Of Mine, and more, along with two original pieces – one a extended suite – written by Lynch in salute to the profound influence Woody has had on him as a player and composer.
The band for Madera Latino fulfills the promise of Lynch’s audacious concept with élan, precision, and joyous creativity. Percussionists Pedrito Martinez and Little Johnny Rivero, along with bassist Luques Curtis, were integral to the success of Lynch’s 2006 CD Simpático, a Grammy@ Award winner in the Latin Jazz category. Add drummer Obed Calvaire, percussionist Anthony Carrillo, and pianist Zaccai Curtis, and a mighty rhythm section emerges to spur and challenge the trumpeters to their utmost efforts in praise of Shaw.
“The combination of Woody’s music and the Afro-Caribbean clave concept was always a natural to me”,states Lynch. “I’m very happy, after many years of thinking about this idea, to finally be able to actualize this tribute to my musical hero, Woody Shaw, in the distinguished company of these amazing trumpeters and my musical family.”
 
“I am very proud of what Brian has done with this project, and particularly of the depth of sincerity and the meticulousness with which he has treated the re-interpretation of Woody Shaw’s original works within the Afro-Latino idiom. My respect and gratitude go out to the musicians on this recording for keeping the spirit of this music – and of one of its last great innovators – alive and strong in the 21st century.  
Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw, III
 
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Brian Lynch Presents: Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw
Official Release Date: September 26, 2016. Distribution: Amazon, CD Baby, ITunes, and select independent record retailers, as well as directly through http://hollisticmusicworks.com
Hollistic MusicWorks is the record label and creative conduit of Brian Lynch – Grammy© Award winning trumpeter, composer, arranger, bandleader, and educator. In addition to hosting Lynch’s own recording projects, HMW provides a home for other artists deserving of respect and recognition, ranging from veteran artists such as legendary drummer Killer Ray Appleton and the brilliant pianist/composer Rob Schneiderman, to emerging new artists personally mentored by Lynch.

Site Updates In Process

Posted on November 24th, 2015

Hi All,

A short note to let you know that we have a lot of site updates in the works as we roll into the 2015 holiday season. Hold  tight and stay tuned!

  • Brian

HOLIDAY MADNESS – ALL HMW PRODUCTS 50% OFF!

Posted on December 21st, 2014
Happy Holidays, all! To celebrate, Hollistic MusicWorks is slashing prices on their entire catalog of CDs, digital music downloads, and digital sheet music. Give the gift of music! – whether it’s one of our swinging selection of HMW CDs, including the new release “Questioned Answer” by the Brian Lynch/Emmet Cohen Quartet, or our digital music downloads (musicians, check out the play along versions of our Unsung Heroes project music, from the original tracks!), of both recordings and sheet music.

This incredible deal is only until Dec. 31, so order now at the Hollistic MusicWorks online store:
http://hollisticmusicworks.com/store/ . For digital music downloads, your holiday discount will be applied with this discount code from our Bandcamp site: happyholidays2014

You can access HMW’s digital music shop direct through our Bandcamp site https://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/ , or through the regular HMW site store. All digital downloads (music and sheet music) will be on sale through Jan. 10.

Enjoy!

Brian Lynch

Hollistic MusicWorks

Hollistic MusicWorks News June 2013

Posted on June 9th, 2013

Hi all,

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

UHcoverBLv2smI’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:

ITunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/unsung-heroes-vol.-2/id650689346

eMusic: http://www.emusic.com/album/brian-lynch/unsung-heroes-vol-2/14125170/

Amazon MP3:
http://www.amazon.com/Unsung-Heroes-Vol-2/dp/B00CW8VL06/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1370605731&sr=1-1&keywords=brian+lynch

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

Naptown LegacyI’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):

http://jazztimes.com/articles/87248-kiiler-ray-appleton-once-upon-a-time-in-the-midwest

NPR also did a nice piece on the record:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2013/03/05/173573973/time-is-on-their-side-ageless-jazz-drumming

After you listen to this sample, get your copy of Naptown Legacy today:

Physical CD:
http://www.amazon.com/Naptown-Legacy-Killer-Ray-Appleton/dp/B00BJ2TXAQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370782778&sr=8-1&keywords=killer+ray+appleton

Digital Domain:
http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/album/naptown-legacy https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/naptown-legacy/id530362341

ERIC JACOBSON/SCHOOR QUINTET featuring BRIAN LYNCH – COMBINATIONS

Eric-Jacobson-2013-Cover-Square-WEBMy 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!

Digital Download: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/album/combinations-live-at-the-jazz-estate

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….

Keep Swinging,

Brian