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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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