Unsung Heroes (Vol. 1)



“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, July 2011 Issue)

“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 web site Unsung Heroes volumes 2 and 3 are beautiful, too, not to mention the full liner notes… The unearthing of these unrecorded compositions is a major contribution to these musicians you’re celebrating.”
LAZARO VEGA, Blue Lake Public Radio

“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 (pianist Rob Schneiderman, saxophonists Vincent Herring and Alex Hoffman, bassist David Wong, drummer Pete Van Nostrand and conguero Vicente “Little Johnny” Rivero) 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. May he not be the last to do so.”

“It’s easy to sing the praises of Unsung Heroes. From trumpeter Brian Lynch, it’s a crisp, hard-bopping session for sextet that frequently bears a certain, uplifting Jazz Messengers vibe… With consistently strong solos and impeccable ensemble work, this disc conveys great reverence and respect with great eloquence.”
PETER HUM, The Ottawa Citizen, jazzblog.ca

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Brian Lynch – trumpet, flugelhorn
Vincent Herring – alto sax (special invited guest)
Alex Hoffman – tenor sax
Rob Schneiderman – piano
David Wong – bass
Pete Van Nostrand – drums
Little Johnny Rivero – congas (3,6)

Track List:

  1. Terra Firma Irma (Joe Gordon) 8:12 Second Floor Music BMI
  2. I Could Never Forget You (Tommy Turrentine) 7:30 Second Floor Music BMI
  3. Further Arrivals dedicated to Kamau Adilifu/Charles Sullivan (Brian Lynch) 9:50 Hollistic Music BMI
  4. Saturday Afternoon At Four 8:04 (Idrees Sulieman) ASCAP
  5. Household Of Saud (Charles Tolliver) 7:30 Condominium Publ Group BMI
  6. RoditiSamba dedicated to Claudio Roditi (Brian Lynch) 7:06 Hollistic Music BMI
  7. Big Red (Tommy Turrentine) 5:37 Second Floor Music BMI
  8. Unsung Blues (Brian Lynch) 7:13 Hollistic Music BMI
  9. Wetu (Louis Smith) 7:15 Unart EMI Catalog Inc BMI

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