Posts Tagged ‘ Trumpet ’

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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Adrian Kelly – Chinese Whispers (細語)

The first song that I performed in China was Li Xiang Lan (李香兰), the opening track on this album, and there began a love affair with the music of this great civilization. The hauntingly beautiful freedom of the melodies and the elegant phrasing of Chinese music connected with my goals as a musician and inspired this selection of music.

Recorded in Hong Kong, and mixed and mastered in Perth, Western Australia, the album brings together old friends and new from six countries on four continents, performing music both familiar and unknown with the hope that within this music you will hear whispers not only of our cultural diversity, but also our similarity.

Featuring Adrian Kelly (trumpet), Dodong Fuego Jr. (guitar), Bob Mocarsky (keys), Scott Dodd (basses), Anthony Fernandes (drums) with special guests Carole Chan (vocals), Andrew Tuason (piano), and Nicole Russo (vocal). Enjoy.

Chinese Whispers (細語) is now available at CDBaby.

Gordon James – A New Kind of Love

There are several tracks on this recording that could have easily served as the title cut. Straight from the Heart, With Our Love even Smile were all considered. I chose A New Kind of Love because it has all of the qualities the others have oneness, happiness, hope, and both personal and universal love.

But more than that it tells of a shift in consciousness that’s happening on the planet. This music follows a movement towards love, kindness, gratitude, compassion, oneness and peace. It may not seem that way if you turn on the news but whats not getting reported on are all the amazing stories of people in all walks of life who are dedicated to waking up to love, art and beauty and who are giving and sharing there incredible talents to make a better more cooperative and creative world.

This recording for me was one of those break throughs to a new level in my own art, talent and in consciousness. I feel truly blessed to have had this music and these arrangements come through me this past year. In many ways I feel like this is really my debut album as it is the first CD that I have produced, arranged and written all on my own. It was truly magical the way the original music on this project poured through me with such ease. Even the arrangements on the covers came effortlessly and it all fell into place even right down to which musician played on what track. Continue reading

Kiku Collins – Red Light

According to the Jazz Journal International, Kiku Collins “plays the trumpet like a twenty-first century Miles Davis”. Her trumpet skills were on full display during her time with iconic artists Beyonce and Michael Bolton and many other A-list performers, but with her sophomore album Red Light, Ms. Collins flexes her composer/producer/bandleader muscles with plenty of melody and groove.

Listen to the new attraction at CDBaby.

Cindy Bradley – Unscripted

From one of the most nominated, most in demand artists and winner of ‘Best New Artist’ 2010 American Contemporary Jazz Awards, comes this revealing portrait of a young lady that has captured the attention and imaginations of fans and critics alike. With three nods, Best New Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Brass Player at this year’s Contemporary Jazz Awards the accolades continue.

Painted with a broad musical brush, Unscripted doesn’ t play by the rules and captures the essence of the deep connection she has with her instrument as she delivers a scintillating palate of moods and flavors worthy a feast for the ears, yet one which will move the heart.

Everything is on the table here as Bradley bares her soul on the heartfelt and plaintive Inevitable, you ll feel the pure magic and the ensuing goose bumps that happen when she and producer Michael Broening weave their own musical tapestry on the standard You Don’ t Know What Love Is, feel the fire and ice as Cindy brings the heat on the track Massive Transit, the ice as she blows a hip chill over the Wayne Shorter classic Footprints and bask in the raw emotion that comes from the deeply personal dedication to her mom One Moment More.

Respect has been earned, nods have been given to her predecessors and peers and Bradley has taken her rightful place among the new guard who will proudly carry the contemporary jazz torch into the new millennium. Unscripted is the beginning pen and chapter in hers, a story that has just begun to be written. Scheduled for release June 21st, 2011.


Mark Luelf – Mark Luelf

Soulful, Pop Instrumental, Smooth Jazz oriented album. Flugelhorn/Trumpet artist Mark Luelf. Heavily influenced by Chris Botti, Rick Braun and Randy Brecker.

Get his debut album at CDBaby.