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Brian Lynch and Spheres Of Influence: ConClave Vol. 2 (2011)

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Brian Lynch and Spheres Of Influence: ConClave Vol. 2 Trumpeter Brian Lynch's ConClave Vol. 2 arrives six years after the first installment and, while the personnel are completely different on each date, both volumes boast collections of intelligent arrangements that juxtapose Latin rhythms and Afro-Cuban musical elements against modern jazz ideals. Lynch's ability to create hybrid forms of music that blend seemingly dissimilar elements with ease comes into play on this second volume, and the musicians that he selects for the date reflect this melting pot mindset.

Cuban-born cookers like pianist Manuel Valera
Manuel Valera
Manuel Valera
b.1980
piano
mix with young, American-born up-and-comers like drummer Justin Brown, and the results can be anywhere from explosive to expansive. A head characterized by clipped melodic phrases and some wonderful conversation between Lynch and saxophonist Yosvany Terry
Yosvany Terry
Yosvany Terry

saxophone
proves to be two different high points from the same song ("With A Single Step"), while Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
' "Solar" is born again, with a bouncy bottom and some marvelous, montuno-like machinations from Manuel Valera. Funky, Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris
1934 - 1994
saxophone
-esque fare with a Latin twist ("Dance The Way U Want To") and straight-up blues (Kenny Dorham
Kenny Dorham
Kenny Dorham
1924 - 1972
trumpet
's "Blue Friday") aren't out of the question either, further demonstrating the versatility of these musicians and the varied interests that live within Lynch's mind.

While it's easy to marvel at the structural integrity and rhythmic complexity inherent within this work, it's the individual personalities at play that make this music something at which to marvel. Lynch's warm-toned trumpet work is at the center of Charles Tolliver
Charles Tolliver
Charles Tolliver
b.1942
trumpet
's "Truth," and Valera's elegant, yet oblique solo work on "Magenta's Return" is superb. Pedro "Pedrito" Martinez provides a burst of energy whenever his hand drumming takes center stage, and Brown, along with bassist Luques Curtis, helps to navigate the multicultural, pan-stylistic rhythm road that this band uses to get from piece to piece.

While Lynch is occasionally viewed as a man who splits his time between jazz and Afro-Cuban music, this assertion is false. ConClave Vol. 2 demonstrates that the trumpeter brings elements from both worlds into his playing and writing, creating something wholly unique, yet completely connected to both genres.


Track Listing: The Downside Of Upspeak; Truth; With A Single Step; Magenta's Return; Solar; Dance The Way U Want; One For Armida; Blue Friday.

Personnel: Brian Lynch: trumpet; Yosvany Terry: alto saxophone; Manuel Valera: piano; Luques Curtis: bass; Justin Brown: drums; Pedro Martinez: percussion.

Record Label: Criss Cross

Style: Modern Jazz


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