Unsung Heroes (CD)

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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