CDs

Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen – Questioned Answer (CD) ()

This intergenerational collaboration between Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch and new piano star on the modern jazz horizon Emmet Cohen combines new school excitement and exuberant swing. In the quartet setting, joined by legendary drummer Billy Hart and master bassist Boris Kozlov, Lynch and Cohen present a program of their own searching and often epic original music, bridging traditional and contemporary sounds with virtuosity, passion and swinging aplomb. And as a duo, they essay and recast jazz classics and standards (both classic and contemporary) with warmth, intelligence and lack of cliche, often journeying into uncharted territory only bound by their searching imagination and desire to swing.

The musical lock between Lynch and Cohen has roots that go beyond the work they’ve put in towards crafting a distinctive sound in both quartet and duo formats. Their common ground in committing to grounded, yet contemporary and cliche-free playing and composing, combined with the mixture of Lynch’s magisterial command and Cohen’s poised beyond his years musicality, has resulted in a original and compelling group sound tailored for the contemporary listener.

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Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 (CD) ()

With the much-awaited CD release of the second volume of his Unsung Heroes project, Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch extends his 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)

“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

Personnel: Brian Lynch, trumpet; Vincent Herring, alto sax; Alex Hoffman, tenor sax; Rob Schneiderman, piano; David Wong, bass; Pete Van Nostrand, drums.

 

 

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“Killer” Ray Appleton – Naptown Legacy (CD) ()

In his final recorded statement, legendary drummer “Killer” Ray Appleton revisited the fertile Indianapolis music scene of his youth for “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. 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 was considered by connoisseurs as one of the last of the truly swinging drummers of modern jazz’s classic era.

“You get the sense that this is Appleton’s bread and butter, and highly present in the mix, he struts all over this record.…attention to detail is where Appleton shines. His splaying ride cymbal, his ease with accents and commentary, his hookup with conguero Little Johnny Rivero — these sorts of things set this music apart from its imitations. Could this be attributed to finely-honed touch and timing cultivated over decades, a sense of swing deeply embedded from a young age? Whatever it is, it reminds me how infectious the heralded recordings of a half century ago remain today.”  PATRICK JARENWATTANANON. National Public Radio

Personnel: Killer Ray Appleton, drums; Brian Lynch, trumpet; Peter Bernstein, guitar; Ian Hendrickson-Smith, alto sax; Todd Herbert, tenor sax; Rick Germanson, piano; Robert Sabin, bass, Little Johnny Rivero, congas.

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Eric Jacobson/Schoor Quintet + Brian Lynch – Combinations Live At The Jazz Estate (CD) ()

Experience LIVE the immediacy, the swing, and the fire of the heartland sounds of trumpeter Eric Jacobson and his tenor sax partner Eric Schoor in their HMW release Combinations, recorded on location at the legendary Milwaukee club The Jazz Estate. Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch joined the Erics for this special night in his hometown, propelling the session towards a two-trumpet throw down to delight and excite the hearer! The estimable rhythm section includes legendary pianist Barry Velleman, a major influence on the “Milwaukee Sound” through multiple generations and an astounding, creative player.

Personnel: Eric Jacobson, Brian Lynch, trumpets; Eric Schoor, tenor sax; Barry Velleman, piano; Jeff Hamman, bass; David Bayles, drums.

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Unsung Heroes (CD) ()

In “Unsung Heroes” Grammy Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch pays tribute to a diverse group of jazz trumpet masters that have produced amazing music as players and composers despite flying below the radar of the general jazz public through their compositions (in some cases in their debut recordings) and original works in honor of these greats. The trumpeters paid homage to range from masters no longer with us (Tommy Turrentine, Howard McGhee, Joe Gordon, Idrees Sulieman) to those very much alive, well, and swinging (Charles Tolliver, Claudio Roditi). Other trumpet masters represented in this project include Louis Smith and an early influence on Lynchʼs own work, Kamau Adilifu (Charles Sullivan).

“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)

“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

Personnel: Brian Lynch, trumpet; Vincent Herring, alto sax; Alex Hoffman, tenor sax; Rob Schneiderman, piano; David Wong, bass; Pete Van Nostrand, drums, Little Johnny Rivero, congas.

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