Hollistic MusicWorks News June 2013

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:


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:

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:


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):


NPR also did a nice piece on the record:

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

Physical CD:

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


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,



February 14th, 2013

Hollistic MusicWorks is proud to announce the release of this new recording, the first by the legendary drummer for the label and HMW’s first by an outside artist. Read on… Brian

Legendary drummer “Killer” Ray Appleton revisits the fertile Indianapolis music scene of his youth for his new recording “Naptown Legacy” on Hollistic MusicWorks. Tunes by eminent Indianpolitans Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery and his brother Buddy (all of whom Ray was a drummer of choice for), J.J. Johnson and organist Melvin Rhyne are the frames for spirited, concise blowing by an all star cast of Ray’s friends including Grammy© award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and alto sax ace Ian Hendrickson-Smith. Equally adept are talented pianist Rick Germanson, tenor saxist Todd Herbert (formerly Freddie Hubbard’s sax man), bassist Robert Sabin, and percussionist Little Johnny Rivero, who helps Killer keep the groove on numbers like Hubbard’s boogaloo Backlash (where Appleton reprises his role on Hubbard’s original 1967 recording) and Rhyne’s Latin Bamboo. But it’s Killer Ray’s peerless ride cymbal beat, driving and illuminating, that shows, on numbers like J.J Johnson’s Fatback and Wes Montgomery’s Twisted Blues, why he’s considered by connoisseurs as one of the last of the truly swinging drummers of modern jazz’s classic era.


Track List:

1. So Do It (Wes Montgomery) 6:03

2. Backlash (Freddie Hubbard) 4:53

3. Out Of This World (Mercer/Arlen, arr. Buddy Montgomery) 6:48

4. Flamingo (Grouya, arr. Brian Lynch)   4:34

5. Luana (Freddie Hubbard)                 6:35

6. Fatback (J.J. Johnson)     6:03

7. Quiet Thing (Wes Montgomery) Peter Bernstein, solo guitar 3:38

8. Yellow Bird (N. Luboff, arr. Lynch) 4:42

9. Twisted Blues (Wes Montgomery) 4:06

10. Maybe September (Evans/Faith/Livingston) 3:47

Personnel: Killer Ray Appleton, drums; Brian Lynch, trumpet; Peter Bernstein, guitar (#7, 9); Ian Hendrickson-Smith, alto sax; Todd Herbert, tenor sax; Rick Germanson, piano; Robert Sabin, bass.

ADD DATE: FEBRUARY 25, 2013 STREET DATE: MARCH 4, 2013         

Available on ITunes, Amazon, CD Baby and Independent Jazz CD Retailers

Publicity: Kim Smith PR kimsmithpr@earthlink.net
For more information:
hollisticmusicworks@gmail.com                            http://hollisticmusicworks.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/KillerRayAppletonNaptownLegacy

MADERA LATINO -Woody Shaw en Clave!

August 24th, 2012

In the middle of all the touring and playing this summer, I’ve managed to pull off a pretty cool recording project for Hollistic MusicWorks. Some of you may remember a couple of years ago the “Madera Latino” (Latin Wood) concert I did for the Festival Of New Trumpet Music celebration of Woody Shaw. I decided for this summer’s record date to revise and expand that music, write a couple of original pieces dedicated to Woody, and invite some of my favorite trumpet players to play these Latin-jazz imaginings of the great master’s music with astounding rhythm section players and percussionists . It was a blast!  Here’s a few shots from the sessions showing this killer cast:

(all photos by Gary Stager)

Bryan Davis, Etienne Charles, me, Diego Urcola, Dave Douglas

me and Dave Douglas;  Sean Jones and I working out:


Mike Rodriguez, me, and Josh Evans:

Luques (b) & Zaccai (p) Curtis:


Obed Calvaire (d); Little Johnny Rivero (conga):


and Pedro Martinez, Anthony Carillo (percussion)

Trumpeters, Latin Jazz fans, Jazz fans, Woody Shaw fans, this is going to be a good one. The second stage (post production) starts soon and you can be a part of it! I’ll be letting you know how very soon – stay tuned! “Madera Latino” will be dropping next spring from http://hollisticmusicworks.com

Unsung Heroes Garners 5 Star Review In Downbeat!

August 1st, 2011

Unsung Heroes – 5 Star Review in Downbeat!

My Unsung Heroes recording project continues to gain plaudits from the critics. One of the most notable of these appeared in the July 2011 issue of Downbeat, arguably still the most prestigious jazz publication extant. Reviewer Eric Fine gave Unsung Heroes the honor of its highest possible rating, the coveted 5 stars. This is my first 5 star rating, and in my experience very rare for a “straight ahead” jazz CD in this day and age. Thanks to Eric and Downbeat for this recognition of UH’s quality!

Unsung Heroes has been getting good reviews all around. If you’d like to sample some of the critical opinion, I’ve pulled some of it together here:

UH Play Alongs Now Available, Audio Stems Coming

I’m still chipping away at the mountain of additional Unsung Heroes content to come, but some significant progress has been made! I’m happy to announce that all the Unsung Heroes Vol. 1 play alongs are ready for download through the website and Bandcamp page. They’re available for all the Unsung Heroes instrumentation as well as being suitable for other axes such as trombone and guitar. Play along with the original performance as recorded, or stretch out for more choruses with alternate versions cutting out the other horn solos! Charts for your instrument are included. You can download UH play alongs here:
http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/I’m happy to report success in my trial run on the Unsung Heroes audio stem project, and I will be getting these multi track audio file versions up for download as soon as possible! We are going to have some fun with these. Cryptic? – perhaps, but stay tuned….

Buy The Unsung Heroes CD at: http://hollisticmusicworks.com/store/cds/unsung-heroes-cd1/
or through Amazon and CD Baby

Download Unsung Heroes Music at: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/



Unsung Heroes Vol. 1 Play Alongs Now Available!

May 22nd, 2011

At long last I’ve finished the first volume of play along versions for the Unsung Heroes Project! Each instrument is represented in a “minus one” format: trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax (or trombone), piano (or guitar), bass, and drums. For the horn versions, as well as the piano version, two different versions are provided for most tunes: a version identical to the album version minus the play along instrument, and a version without other horn solos so the home player can “stretch out” a little more. Charts are included with each album, as well as the original Unsung Heroes downloadable booklet. These play alongs are released in downloadable format only through my Bandcamp page or through the Hollistic MusicWorks store.

Store Link: http://hollisticmusicworks.com/store/play-alongs/

Bandcamp Individual Album Links:
Trumpet: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/album/unsung-heroes-play-alongs-vol-1-trumpet
Alto Sax: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/album/unsung-heroes-play-alongs-vol-1-alto-sax
Tenor Sax/Trombone: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/album/unsung-heroes-play-alongs-vol-1-tenor-sax-or-trombone
Piano/Guitar: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/album/unsung-heroes-play-alongs-vol-1-piano-guitar
Bass: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/album/unsung-heroes-play-alongs-bass
Drums: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com/album/unsung-heroes-vol-1-play-alongs-drums