News July 2010

July 3rd, 2010

Kickstarter Project in Support of “Unsung Heroes” Project Launched!

Now that the master recordings for my “Unsung Heroes” project are finally in the bag, it’s time to kick the next stage into gear. Design, manufacturing, promotion, publicity, radio play and the preparation of play-along and audio stem packages must all be attended to, and post-haste (I’m writing from Manchester England today, hence the Anglophilic lexicon); as those of you who have been keeping up with this know, I’m behind my release schedule a good bit. The problems as always are time and money. Time (whether 24/7 or 4/4) is my affair here; but I’m reaching out for help on the money part, through a cool fund raising tool I’ve recently become aware of called Kickstarter. Kickstarter lets folks like me raise money for their independent projects by offering the proverbial “cool stuff” in return for contributions. It reminds me a little of the ArtistShare platform, which served me well in my previous self-produced effort, the 2006 Grammy winning “Simpatico”, but with a more informal and flexible concept.

I’d like to invite you to check out my Kickstarter fundraising project and possibly contribute! Take a look at it and plunge in if you can. I will so appreciate your assistance in completing the job for Unsung Heroes, and I also think you will find some good value being offered in return for your contribution.

Contribute at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1927361678/get-my-unsung-heroes-project-out-to-the-people

Travel Plans

I’ve gone over the water for a good bit; just started more than three weeks in Europe doing various fun things and playing the horn. Two stints with Eddie Palmieri (July 2-6 and 16-22) sandwich some special activity. I’ll be at the North Sea Festival on July 11th with the fantastic Cuban flautist Orlando “Maraca” Valle’s Monterey Project All-Stars, who include my good friends Robby Ameen and David Sanchez. From there I go to Paris to start work on a collaborative project with the esteemed French pianist Hervé Sellin that we’ll be presenting next year. This project, launched with a grant by the Franco-American Cultural Exchange, will be presenting new work based on the affinities between jazz and 20th century French music, performed by my ensemble Spheres Of Influence with Hervé as special guest. I’m very much looking forward to starting work on this exciting project!

Recently….

DOWNBEAT REVIEW OF “Bolero Nights For Billie Holiday”

Downbeat magazine had a nice review of my recent Venus Records release in their May issue. You can read it on my site here: http://tinyurl.com/2atck9q . You might like to listen to a sample of the music from that recording. I’m still in the process of getting audio integrated into my discography pages, but for now I’ll post a sample for your listening pleasure here:

Audio MP3

“… It is a privilege to listen to Lynch for his rich tone and exquisite time, his command of instruments, his imagination and his conviction….he’s the one whose work invites return listens. Art and the pursuit of mastery are the twin engines of what he does here. Lynch inspires superlative.”

Frank-John Hadley , Downbeat May 2010 (****)

RECORDING NEWS

The Criss Cross record date I made early in June came off well and should be a worthy follow up to my last Criss Cross date from 2004, “ConClave”. The upcoming release is another Afro-Caribbean oriented program featuring the considerable talents of Yosvany Terry (alto sax), Manuel Valera (piano), Luques Curtis (bass), Justin Brown (drums), and the magnificent Pedro Martinez (percussion) .The disc may be out as soon as the fall. Still need a title for it, though….

I was in the same studio (Systems Two in Brooklyn) a couple of weeks later to lay down 5 tunes with the Curtis Brothers, along with Donald Harrison on alto and Ralph Peterson, to complete the tracking for their upcoming record for their own Truth and Revolution label. It was killin’!

Download Of The Month

A new feature I’m instituting is to share with you something from my live performance archives that I dig enough to put out in the world. This month, a live version of my tune “The Palmieri Effect” as played by my group Spheres Of Influence during our Dominican Republic tour of exactly one year ago. Brian Lynch (tp); Zaccai Curtis (p); Luques Curtis (b); Obed Calvaire (d); Pedro Martinez (d).

09-07-04_The_Palmieri_Effect right-click to download

What I’m Checking Out…

TUNES

  • DUTILLEUX: Orchestral Works (Complete) – Yan Pascal Tortelier/BBC Philharmonic (Chandos)
  • a lot of Coltrane on shuffle
  • Various Artists: Cold Heat: Heavy Funk Rarities, Vol. 1: 1968-1974 (Stones Throw)
  • Linda Oh (with Ambrose Akinmusire and Obed Calvaire) – Entry
  • Ronnie Mathews – Doin’ The Thing (OJC) – thanks to Alex Hoffman for bringing up this classic side that I was deeply into back in the day!

BOOKS

  • American Popular Song – Alec Wilder
  • The World Of Jazz Trumpet – Scotty Barnhart
  • Young Stalin – Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Constructing America – Gary Wills

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