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Brian Lynch ][ UNSUNG HEROES Vol1– (A Tribute too Some Under-appreciated Trumpet Masters) – REVIEW

Jazz as we know is conceptually a brilliant art form, captured and cultivated properly it can sonically take you places that you may never go otherwise. In this case, we have Grammy winning trumpeter/flugelhornist Brian Lynch. With emphasis based on remnants of cool bop and swing he taps into this wide-open space of tradition to pay homage to a core of what he deems as “UNSUNG HEROES (A Tribute to Some Underappreciated Trumpet Masters).” On his latest album, Lynch honors these relatively unknown figure(s) in jazz in a way that enthusiast can savor these exquisite compositions for years to come.

Out of the gate, Lynch and company swings with authority on “Terra Firma Irma” pen by trumpeter Joe Gordon. As expected, the musicians switch gears relentlessly by trading their infallible solos with grace, precision and compassion to play great music.

“Further Arrival” scored by Lynch grooves with his unique flavor and unpredictable chant moves with a rigorous swagger dedicated to honorees Kamau Adilifu and Charles Sullivan. Lynch articulates this jewel eloquently by sculpting it with the nuances of familiarity, symmetry and wistful tonality to give the listener a well-balanced listening experience.

One thing I adore about artist of Brian Lynch’s caliber is there’s no need to be concerned about trends, gimmicks or tricks to draw you into the fabric of the music. With this project, Lynch gracefully wraps his voice around the essence of why most jazz lovers are drawn to it in the first place. One by one, these gems unfolds with patterns of unpretentious melodies, rhythms and improvised sketches and tones that allow these musicians to pull you into this amazing and gratifying palette of music originally score by the interchangeable voices of UNSUNG HEROES.

“UNSUNG HEROES” spearheaded by Brian Lynch and his colleagues serves up an inexhaustible foray of timeless music that will undoubtedly be enjoyed by jazz enthusiast world-wide. If your taste for jazz incorporates the inconspicuous attributes of straight ahead jazz sprinkled with descriptive streams of innovation then I’m sure this gem will indeed satisfy your discriminating taste for quality music. –Rob Young

Honored Trumpet Players:
Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, Louis Smith, Claudio Roditi, Kamau Adilifu, Joe Gordon, Ira Sullivan, Donald Byrd, Howard McGhee and Charles Tolliver.

Brian Lynch – trumpet & flugelhorn, Vincent Herring – alto sax, Alex Hoffman – tenor sax, Rob Schneiderman – piano, David Wong – bass, Peter Van Nostrand – drums, Vicente “Little Johnny” Rivero – congas (3,6)