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Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen: Questioned Answer

Read "Questioned Answer" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Four highly regarded musicians from three different age groups come together for a two-leader session resulting in one terrific album. That's Questioned Answer by the numbers, but there's a lot more to the story than basic numerics. The partnership between veteran trumpeter Brian Lynch and rising star pianist Emmet Cohen was born out of serendipity and mutual appreciation. Lynch first heard Cohen when they were both working the 2011 Jazz Cruise--the former as a featured soloist and ...

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Brian Lynch and Spheres Of Influence: ConClave Vol. 2

Read "ConClave Vol. 2" reviewed by Edward Blanco

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 ...

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Brian Lynch and Spheres Of Influence: ConClave Vol. 2

Read "ConClave Vol. 2" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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.

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Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes

Read "Unsung Heroes" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

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 ...

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Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes

Read "Unsung Heroes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...

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Brian Lynch: 24/7

Read "24/7" reviewed by Elliott Simon

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 ...

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Brian Lynch Latin Jazz Sextet: Conclave

Read "Conclave" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

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.

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Brian Lynch: The Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project

Read "Brian Lynch: The Brian Lynch / Eddie Palmieri Project" reviewed by Tomas Pena

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 ...

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Brian Lynch Meets Bill Charlap & Fuschia/Red

Read "Brian Lynch Meets Bill Charlap & Fuschia/Red" reviewed by Russ Musto

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 ...

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Brian Lynch: Brian Lynch Meets Bill Charlap

Read "Brian Lynch Meets Bill Charlap" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Although the titles implies that this is the first meeting for the pianist and trumpet/flugelhornist, they did work together in the Phil Woods Quintet during the 1990s. The album is really a showcase for the two on either ballads or hard driving bebop compositions. For the sake of argument, let's say that the sixty-two minutes are about equally divided on the presentation.

The up-tempo songs like Rodgers & Hart's “My Heart Stood Still," Lynch's originals, “On the ...

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Brian Lynch

Read "Brian Lynch" reviewed by AAJ Staff

For any aspiring young jazz player determined to make the move to the musical Mecca of New York City and make a living as a professional musician in the Big Apple, trumpeter Brian Lynch has some sage advice. “I think the thing about moving to place like New York, if you can make connections ahead of time and meet people there before you move, it helps a lot,” comments Lynch during a recent interview from his New York ...

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Brian Lynch: Tribute to the Trumpet Masters

Read "Tribute to the Trumpet Masters" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

From stints with Horace Silver and Art Blakey to those with such Latin luminaries as Hector LaVoe and Eddie Palmieri, trumpeter Brian Lynch has learned his lessons well. First turning a few heads with his solid series of dates as a leader for Criss Cross, Lynch made the move to the fledgling Sharp Nine label in 1995. There he would record his first volume of quartet recordings, Keep Your Circle Small, to be followed two years later with the multifaceted ...


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