by Jeff Winbush
There's only so many ways you can go in jazz with the trumpet. Straight ahead and then a sharp left turn into more experimental improvisation paging (Miles Davis), a technically proficient if somewhat rigid traditionalist (Wynton Marsalis) or become a tasty, if unmemorable ingredient in the smooth jazz gumbo (Chuck Mangione). These are the career choices Rick Braun may have faced at one time. He chose to go the path of least resistance and play it safe and ...read more
by Walter Atkins
Celebrated trumpeter Rick Braun's release can you feel it is aptly titled. The veteran purveyor of the smooth jazz sound does not disappoint on his latest offering. Some of Braun's musical friends on this eleven song collection include: Brian Culbertson-piano, Euge Goove-tenor sax, Jeff Lorber-keyboards and guitar, Dave Koz-tenor sax, and Nate Phillips-bass. In typical Braun fashion, the entire record production is clean and at a high standard. The title and first track Feel It" has ...read more
by Susan Lozinak
What happens when you take two powerhouse smooth jazz artists and put them together on one album? You not only get a double dose of hot funk and cool vibes, but also steamy Latin rhythms oozing with sex appeal, making its many textures a delight to the all the senses. On RnR, trumpeter Rick Braun and saxman Richard Elliot sizzle as they deliver all the goods on this outstanding collaboration.
The twelve original songs on RnR were written ...read more
by Dave Hughes
Rick Braun is in high demand these days, both as a trumpeter and a producer - he certainly has his thumb on the pulse of today's adult contemporary music. His solo debut on Warner Brother, hot on the heels of last year's successful collaboration with Boney James on Shake It Up , should further extend his mastery of the idiom.
The first four tunes are the most jazz-oriented and satisfying; they come complete with catchy melodies, infectious live rhythms, and ...read more