Archive for July 8th, 2014

Rick Braun – Can You Feel It

We all like Rick Braun as crooner of jazz standards on Sings With Strings (2011) and Swingin’ In The Snow (2012). But what we really love is Rick Braun, the funky trumpet player known by Night Walk and Beat Street. Rick Braun has heard our request and returns with Can You Feel It (2014).

Rick comments꞉ “It’s a return to the sound and style of Beat Street, which essentially was a tribute to my years playing in War. I took out all of the sequencing with one exception and made the record like a garage band using great live players. It was a lot of fun making the record. It’s energetic and earthy. We hit it hard—kind of like Tower of Power—capturing the energetic, funky horn band sound. I wanted lots of horn section parts on the album.”

Below you find the list of 21 (!) musicians joining Rick on this new project. Much prominence mingles with the young lions who want to impress with their skills. Take the funk of the Commodores and the Gap Band and you get the right sense for Can You Feel It. There is a huge package of horns by Rick Braun (trumpet, valve trombone) and Brandon Fields (sax) and Randy Jacobs inserts his sooo funky guitar.

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