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Brian Lynch and Spheres Of Influence: ConClave Vol. 2

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Long an exponent of Afro-Cuban rhythms and Latin jazz music, trumpeter/educator Brian Lynch presents a fine selection of originals and standards in another Latin-styled album, grounded in a strong modern jazz foundation. ConClave Vol. 2 draws on obvious elements of Latin music and contains the influence within a framework of a jazz project, as opposed to a typical, overtly expressive Latin jazz statement. On ConClave (Criss Cross, 2004), the majority of the tunes such as the blazing “Tom Harrell," “Awe Shocks," and “La Mulata Rumbera," offer a generally hot session of Latin jazz. This second installment does tone ...

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Brian Lynch and Spheres Of Influence: ConClave Vol. 2

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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 mix with young, American-born up-and-comers like drummer Justin Brown, and the results can ...

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Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes

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Trumpeter extraordinaire Brian Lynch is always willing, quite rightly, to acknowledge the masters who have gone before him. Some of the finest jazz trumpeters never made it big, while others no longer sit as securely in the minds of jazz fans as they once did. Nevertheless, they are all part, as Lynch writes, of “the jazz trumpet tradition" and their talents as players and composers deserve to be remembered and revisited. Unsung Heroes is Lynch's salute to some of these players. It's a superb album: no mere tribute to past masters, it puts their work firmly in the present--living, breathing, ...

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Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes

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Trumpet tribute albums are a tricky business. There are those in jazz, like Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, who have been endlessly saluted, creating a culture of mass appeal and celebration that's not always a good thing. On the surface, projects that praise these jazz heroes bring well-deserved exposure to their music and might, but they also narrow the scope of jazz, creating tunnel vision for how the history of this music is viewed. With every tribute to Davis, Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie, opportunities to salute lesser-known figures of great musical skill are missed, and trumpeter Brian Lynch feels it's ...

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The Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project: Simpatico

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Brian Lynch is one of the most proficient “bilingual" artists in music--equally adept in both jazz and Latin genres. On this superb collaboration with piano giant Eddie Palmieri, the virtuoso trumpeter brings together his wealth of experience in both fields in a scintillating synthesis that is intelligent, exciting and truly personal. Lynch's understanding of Palmieri's unique brand of salsa con jazz sensibility is accurately described by the date's title, and the music here is the product of a truly sympathetic association: Lynch's high-flying trumpet lines flow freely over Palmieri's earthy rhythms. Lynch's tour-de-force opening track, “The Palmieri ...

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Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project: Simpatico

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In a world which seems increasingly to be defined by racial and cultural sectarianism, it's always heartening to come across an artist who chooses to express himself in a non-native context--particularly when he does so with the poise that trumpeter Brian Lynch brings to Simpatico.

The album pairs Lynch with his frequent employer, Latin music piano legend Eddie Palmieri, who plays on seven of the nine tracks and who wrote or co-wrote five of them. The music is a caliente love affair between Lynch's swinging hard bop and the salsa tradition which Palmieri played a key role in creating back ...

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Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project: Simpatico

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Two decades of working as a highly accomplished trumpeter in Eddie Palmieri's Latin jazz band has culminated for Brian Lynch with this completely ravishing recording alongside his musical mentor. While the name of the group might raise the question of “who's on first?", rest assured that this is an inspired collaboration with the less-celebrated Lynch firmly at the helm. Most of the tunes are his, and the versions of Palmieri's pieces are marked by Lynch's hand. In fact, this album marshals some playing from Palmieri, particularly on the tumbling “The Palmieri Effect," which opens the album with a roar from ...

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Brian Lynch: 24/7

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Whether it's found alongside Latin piano great Eddie Palmieri or fronting his own band, Brian Lynch's trumpet can appropriately alternate between sweet subtleties and potent power in a way that makes any tune special. That thrilling feeling is brought into the studio on 24/7. Fresh from the road, Lynch takes his working band of altoist Miguel Zenon, pianist Rick Germanson, bassist Hans Glawischnig, and drummer Neal Smith through a varied program of new music and standards that showcases Lynch's fiery horn in the context of the group's hard bop edge. Lynch and Zenon dance exceptionally well together ...

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Brian Lynch Latin Jazz Sextet: Conclave

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The spirit of the clave flows freely through the blood of Brian Lynch. For many years the veteran trumpeter has formed an extensive body of work flourishing in both straight-ahead and Latin jazz styles via associations with Phil Woods, Horace Silver, the Buena Vista Social Club, Eddie Palmieri, and many others. He also has worked with younger artists like drummer Dafnis Prieto, pianist Luis Perdomo, and saxophonist Miguel Zenon, who are also writing new chapters in pan Afro-Latin music.

ConClave is Lynch's latest document of music, continuing in the vein of 2004's Que Viva Coltrane, a collaborative effort with trombonist ...

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Brian Lynch: The Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project

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Few musicians embody the 21st Century credo as profoundly as trumpet master Brian Lynch. A respected insider within both the hard core bebop and Latin communities, he's as comfortable negotiating the complexities of clave with Afro-Caribbean pioneer Eddie Palmieri as swinging through advanced harmony with bebop master Phil Woods. Lynch has worked in recent years with Buena Vista Social Club alumnus Barbarito Torres, dance remixer Joe Clausell, and the members of the influential Latin alternative group Yerba Buena. He arranges for pop star Mika Nakashima and producer Shinichi Osawa, has written charts for Phil Woods, and has played with such ...

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Take the Col'Train with Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Danilo Perez and Ravi Coltrane

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Take the Col'Train Conrad Herwig, Brian Lynch, Danilo Perez and Ravi Coltrane Mellon Jazz at the Kimmel Center May 14, 2005 The virtues of melding different musical forms vs. adhering to the rigorous jazz tradition were thoughts that weighed heavily on my mind as I attended a very well produced evening of “Latin jazz based on John Coltrane's compositions and featuring Trane's son, Ravi--an outstanding musician in his own right, one who is seeking his own voice but who is quite interested in his father's monumental contribution to jazz and music in ...

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Conrad Herwig/Brian Lynch: Que Viva Coltrane

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In recent years, trumpeter Brian Lynch and trombonist Conrad Herwig were part of one of Eddie Palmieri's better late period ensembles, proving to be an incendiary addition to a high-octane ensemble dedicated to the fiery hybrid most folks refer to as salsa. It's perfectly logical then for the pair to team up for a recent project fashioning Latin jazz treatments of several John Coltrane classics. Wisely, they have chosen to bring on board a crew of musicians steeped in the tradition, with pianist Edsel Gomez and drummer Robby Ameen being particularly integral to the overall success of the music.

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Brian Lynch Meets Bill Charlap & Fuschia/Red

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Trumpeter Brian Lynch is one of the most versatile artists in jazz today, with a pedigree that includes stints with Art Blakey, Eddie Palmieri, Horace Silver and Phil Woods, but these two discs recorded three months apart in 2003 demonstrate such a diverse spectrum of stylistic approaches that their contrasting perspectives are impressive even considering their creator's background.

Brian Lynch Meets Bill Charlap Sharp Nine 2004

The date with Charlap, which also features the formidable rhythm team of Dwayne Burno and Joe Farnsworth, is the kind of standard fare--bebop, ballads and blues--that is often ...

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Conrad Herwig/Brian Lynch: Que Viva Coltrane

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The world will never pay enough homage to the music of John Coltrane. Having his music translated into the Latin idiom isn't a huge stretch, considering that many of his tunes had strong Afro-Cuban roots. Placing Trane en clave was a challenge that trombonist Conrad Herwig and trumpeter Brian Lynch happily accepted when they conceived Que Viva Coltrane , a humble offering to the immortal saxophonist in which they successfully translated some of Trane's most famous tunes into the Latin idiom. “Lonnie's Lament" showcases the chops of flautist Mario Rivera, Herwig and Lynch, all of whom ...



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