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
I’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:
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
I’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:
ERIC JACOBSON/SCHOOR QUINTET featuring BRIAN LYNCH – COMBINATIONS
My 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!
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….