One might wonder what might have drawn the great Miles Davis to record melodically verbatim covers of Michael Jackson's Human Nature" and Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time," in a smooth jazz format. Commercial interest? A musical category boundary to break? Because he could? With No Boundaries, trumpeter Eric Bolvin continues to validate his very distinguished place as a fine proponent of smooth jazz trumpet. While there are no breakthroughs or Davis-like covers present, the disc perfectly fits that categorization, because Bolvin shows he can not only play well, but produce and compose excellent offerings of interest.read more
Eric Bolvin is a multi-tasker's multi-tasker. Not only is he one of the San Francisco Bay Area's busiest working trumpeters, but he's also exceptionally well-known and respected on the internet as a teacher, composer and publisher of brass-related methods. He's a one-man brand. With Workin' It, Bolvin gets back to his toot roots" and delivers 14 - count 'em - very tasty smooth jazz and funk-rock selections. The smooth jazz trumpet idiom has been the stronghold of Ric Braun, Greg Adams, Chris Botti and, in its earliest iterations, Miles Davis and Herb Alpert. With Workin' It,, Bolvin ...read more
Quorum is an unassuming knockout from the start! Bolvin is one hot player, drawing from the inspiration of the trumpet's masters and turning it into his own sound. In fact, Bolvin has a sound to which many players aspire; and he is a forthright bandleader, composer and arranger. His arrangement of Billy Strayhorn's Chelsea Bridge" is a masterful example of this.
But to pull off such feats, a man is not a band onto himself (unless he's Stevie Wonder). That point is well proven with the selection of top-notch players on Quorum. As a bandleader, Bolvin gives them an open ...read more