, 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
. Smith's "Wetu," a tried-and-true Gillespie-style bop vehicle, is brimming with energy and confidence, while Sulieman's "Saturday Afternoon At Four" is an understated swing number. Turrentine takes top billing here, with two of his compositions included, and Charles Tolliver
deserves a nod as the only figure to be honored on both this disc and Tribute To The Trumpet Masters. Tolliver's "House of Saud" is an aggressive number that features Lynch in a terrific and terrifying Tolliver-meets-Woody Shaw
While all of the music on Unsung Heroes deserves mention, it doesn't tell the whole story. Unreleased music from these sessions, scores, sheet music and play-along tracks will all be available for purchase from Lynch's website. He even had the foresight to videotape the sessions for a future DVD release, making this project one of the most thorough multi-format releases ever created. With all of these options out there, this album will hopefully shine some much deserved recognition in the direction of these Unsung Heroes, as well as Brian Lynch, himself.
Track Listing: Terra Firma Irma; I Could Never Forget You; Further Arrivals; Saturday Afternoon At Four; Household Of Saud; RoditiSamba; Big Red; Unsung Blues; Wetu.
Personnel: Brian Lynch: trumpet, flugelhorn; Vincent Herring: alto saxophone; Alex Hoffman: tenor saxophone; Rob Schneiderman: piano; David Wong: bass; Pete Van Nostrand: drums; Vicente "Little Johnny" Rivero: congas.
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