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Brian Lynch Big Band: The Omni-American Book Club / My Journey Through Literature in Music

Read "The Omni-American Book Club / My Journey Through Literature in Music" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Aside from being a multi-award-winning trumpeter and composer, Brian Lynch appears to be an avid reader and social arbiter as well. His twenty-third album as leader, a two-CD set whose protracted and austere name, The Omni-American Book Club / My Journey Through Literature in Music, belies its bold and free-hearted nature, is dedicated to a number of writers, most in the realms of equity and civil rights, who have quickened Lynch's inquiring mind and shaped his bright and perceptive music. ...

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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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