Posts Tagged ‘ Trumpet ’

Johnny Britt – So Hot

Most people won’t be familiar with trumpeter Johnny Britt. This can be explained by the fact that he has not yet had his field of activity as solo artist in smooth jazz. Although his musical career is more than spectacular.

He was musical director of The Temptations, and composed for the Commodores, Three Dog Night, Marion Meadows, Boney James, Kevin Toney, Wyclef Jean, Paul Brown, Peabo Bryson and many more. He recorded and performed with Nils, Willie Bradley, Noel Pointer, Chuck Mangione, Elton John, Michael Bolton, Luther Vandross, Everette Harp, The Winans, Thom Rotella, Norman Connors, Rick Braun, Rayford Griffin, Michael Ward, just to name a few.

The bottom line is that Johnny Britt is a musical heavyweight. For the first time ever he recorded a smooth jazz album with the aptly title So Hot (2018). The album presents Johnny on eight tracks as trumpet player and on four as vocalist. Johnny Britt plays all keyboards, programming, editing, bass, trumpets, flugelhorns, and vocals. Featured artists are Paul Brown, Najee, Josh Britt, Kashan and Nils. Further musicians are Bobby English and Louis Taylor (sax), Marcus Williams (drums), Sean J Lawson (percussion).

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Greg Adams and East Bay Soul – Conversation

Trumpet legend Greg Adams was the bedrock of the formation Tower of Powers. As a founding member of the group he has recorded fourteen albums and composed many of their hits. Nowadays his focus is  on the band East Bay Soul.

The band currently consists of Greg Adams (trumpet, flugelhorn, and background vocals), Darryl Walker (lead vocals, tenor sax), Lee Thornburg (trumpet, flugelhorn, and background vocals), Johnnie Bamont (alto, tenor and baritone saxes, flute, and background vocals), Greg Vail (alto, tenor sax, flute and background vocals), Nick Milo (keys and background vocals), Kay-Ta Matsuno (guitar), Dwayne “Smitty” Smith (bass), Herman Matthews (drums, and background vocals), and Johnny Sandoval (Latin percussion and background vocals).

The formation started in 2009 with the same named debut album. Soon followed East Bay Soul 2.0 (2012), That’s Life (2015) and this year Conversation. The album takes an overwhelming start with Look Book. The track shines with a sophisticated horn arrangement where the listener can discover many details. Dwayne’s bass plays a dominant role however.

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Lin Rountree – Stronger Still

Chicago based trumpet player Lin Rountree returns to the charts with his sixth album Stronger Still (2018) on Trippin ‘N’ Rhythm Records. Against many obstacles and challenges Lin has the power to spread his musical wings.
The list of musicians participating in his project is impressively extensive. Lin himself performs on his new album trumpet and on selected tracks keys, pads and programming. Lin has written all tracks, in part with other artists. Michael Broening has written one song and two together with Lin.

In the center of Lin’s music is the groove. He addresses this on all albums or I better say he celebrates the groove. The starting tune Pass the Groove is a fine prototype to set the audience into move. Even the romance is not left short. On My Time with You Darryl Dixon serves the right flavor with his acoustic guitar. Peter White couldn’t do it better.

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Preston Smith – On The Surface

Sometimes you only need seconds to recognize that you listen to good music. Houston based trumpet player Preston Smith makes it easier for you. On The Surface (2017) has all ingredients making music to a fantastic experience.

Equipped with a bachelor of arts in music performance and masters of music he performed in different states, bands and genres. His solo career started with One Night Stand (2002), followed by In The Cool (2003), Beneath The Surface (2015) and finally his debut album on Innervision Records On The Surface.

Preston performs on his new album trumpet, trombone and flugelhorn. The impressive army of supporting musicians consists of Danny Kusz, Kyle Turner, Dean James, Will Fortune, Tony Exum Jr., John Lyons, Phillip “Doc” Martin, Theresa Greyson (sax), Ernie Wells, Darryl McCoy Jr., David P Stevens, Lucious Hoskins (guitar), Cory James, Roderick Allen (piano and bass), John Fontenot (drums), Andre Hayward (trombone), Althea Rene (flute), Shonnie Murrell (percussion), Frank McComb (various instruments), and Kiland (piano, Rhodes, organ, strings, percussion).

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Cindy Bradley – Natural

Flugelhorn and trumpet really rock her boat. Cindy Bradley left some imposing traces in the sand of the smooth jazz genre with Just A Little Bit (2007), Bloom (2009), Unscripted (2011) and Bliss (2014). Natural (2017) is her fourth album in connection with the label Trippin’ n’ Rhythm.

The set opens with Girl Talk, a funky exchange of blows between Cindy on trumpet and Paula Atherton on sax. Sax veteran Paula had invited Cindy on her fourth album Ear Candy (2015) and the opening track is according to the principle of mutuality a great thank-you with positive effect.

On Category A Cindy works together with outstanding guitarist Chris Standring, who has a superb knack for the perfect sonic twist. Music lovers will recognize parallels to groundbreaking pieces of pop history. Everyone But You touches a romantic chord within the listener with unadulterated sound of the flugelhorn and an acoustic guitar of classical characteristic.

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Rick Braun – Around The Horn

Trumpet player Rick Braun is one of the most popular musicians of the smooth jazz genre. After his previous escapades to Holiday Jazz (Swingin’ In The Snow) and Swing (Sings With Strings) he returned to smooth jazz with Can You Feel It. Around The Horn (2017) holds the horns tighter than tight.

Guest musicians on the new album are John Stoddart (keys, vocals, synth bass), Gerey Johnson, Peter White (guitar), Third Richardson (drums), Lindsey Webster (vocals), Til Brönner (trumpet), Ron Reinhardt (keys, bass), and Kenny Wild (bass). Rick performs trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone, keys and synth bass.

The album starts with the bright and breezy So Strong. A Latin flow with some Jobim/Mendes and Herb Alpert feeling and a flavored turn around some Tower Of Power harmonies.

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Cindy Bradley – Bliss

As a female trumpeter Cindy Bradley takes an exceptional position in the smooth jazz genre. With a Bachelor degree in jazz studies and a Master degree in jazz performance she has a solid foundation. While influenced by jazz greats like Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and Blue Mitchell she never stepped into the jazz realm. Smooth jazz is her favorite.

After her self-produced debut album Just A Little Bit (2007) she found connection with the label Trippin’n’Rhythm. Bloom (2009), Unscripted (2011) and this year Bliss are the results of a fruitful collaboration. All tracks were written, performed, mixed, produced and engineered by Grammy award winning producer Michael Broening, who has also significantly supported Cindy on the previous recordings.

The album starts with Button Legs, an up-tempo horn-driven arrangement, on which Cindy and her muted trumpet shine in glory. Bliss means perfect happiness. While this is the overall mood of the tune with a little dose of melancholy, Cindy concentrates on the accurate intonation of her trumpet.

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