I have some exciting news – the new CD I’ve recorded in collaboration with new star pianist Emmet Cohen, Questioned Answer, is now available! The official release date is next Tuesday, October 28th, but you can already pick up a copy through Amazon or the Hollistic MusicWorks website (access through www.brianlynchjazz.com). There are two CD release events in New York City and environs coming right up, with more in the pipeline. First, the gigs, and below that information about the CD and how to buy. Hope to see you at one of the gigs! – Brian
Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen – Questioned Answer CD Release Events:
The Jazz Gallery NYC: Friday, October 31, 2014
Brian Lynch/Emmet Cohen Quartet presents the music from their new CD Questioned Answer (Hollistic MusicWorks)
Brian Lynch – trumpet; Emmet Cohen – piano; Russell Hall, bass; Mark Whitfield – drums http://www.jazzgallery.org/
The Falcon, Marlboro, NY: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Brian Lynch/Emmet Cohen Duo celebrating the release of Questioned Answer (Hollistic MusicWorks) http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/
The musical lock between Lynch and Cohen has roots that go beyond the work they’ve put in towards crafting a distinctive sound in both quartet and duo formats. Their common ground in committing to grounded, yet contemporary and uncliched playing and composing, combined with the mixture of Lynch’s magisterial command and Cohen’s poised beyond his years musicality, has resulted in a original and compelling group sound tailored for the contemporary listener.
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It’s been an busy and eventful spring and early summer, in both the playing and teaching realms. As July gets underway, I’m embarking on a fairly busy round of performing, including some welcome hits of my own. That’s where I’d like to take things at this point, patiently as I craft a new identity after all the years of sideman-ing, but with what I think is a new resolve on my part.
I’m definitely experiencing a time of transition at present, as the consequences of career and life decisions initiated in the last year and a half (and continuing to coalesce) begin to take hold and translate into change. My primary goal right now is, through reflection, application, and action, to emerge with artifacts that will both satisfy myself and please those who have blessed me with the gift of interest in my music.
I’m writing en route to Guadalajara, Mexico, where the duo project I’ve initiated with my young collaborator Emmet Cohen will be making its premiere in concert at the Jalisco Jazz Festival on Friday, July 5th. (Emmet and I will also be part of the associated Tonica Jazz Seminar there, from the 6th to the 12th of that same month) The duo on our return to the US will be making its NYC debut at the Zinc Bar on Wednesday, July 16th.
My group Spheres Of Influence will also be performing in NYC this month, as part of the “Jazz At The Crossroads: The Dance Of Eleggua” festival at Minton’s club uptown. Along with my regular band of Zaccai Curtis (piano), his brother Luques on bass, and Little Johnny Rivero on percussion, I’m elated to have the great Ralph Peterson Jr., who I’ve been playing a lot with these days, as our special guest on drums.
I’ll be appearing around NYC in other capacities during July as well. I always look forward to playing with my longtime mentor Charles McPherson when the opportunity presents itself. After more than 30 years, he continues to be an inspiration as a musician and equally as a person. I’ll be at the Jazz Standard with his Quintet (Jeb Patton, piano; Kiyoshi Kitagawa, bass; and Victor Lewis, drums) from Thursday, July 10th to Sunday, July 13th. Another long time friend, pianist Bill Charlap, has invited me to take part once again in the Jazz In July events at the 92nd Street Y; I’ll be playing the music of Leonard Bernstein with an all star cast including saxophonist Jimmy Greene on Thursday, July 14th.
I hope to see you at one of these hits!
2014 SO FAR…..
Here’s a few vignettes in pictures and sound of what I was up to during the first six months of this year:
A killer lineup of trumpeters introducing the next generation Yamaha Xeno trumpets at January’s NAMM show (l to r front row: Rex Richardson, BL, Jim Ross, Tiger Okoshi, Allen Vizzuti)
Feeling good after my Quartet’s concert in Sochi during the Winter Olympics (l to r: Emmet Cohen, Boris Kozlov, BL, Ralph Peterson, Jr.)
March saw the debut of the LPK (Lynch-Prieto-Kozlov) Afro Caribbean Experimental Trio. A picture from our NYC Zinc Bar gig and a selection from our concert in Miami:
With two of my first crop of graduates from the Frost School of Music at graduation in May. Master of Music Aquiles Navarro (l) and Doctor Of Musical Arts Ryan Chapman (r).
NEWS FROM HOLLISTIC MUSICWORKS
The Brian Lynch / Emmet Cohen quartet/duo project is FINALLY mixed and mastered, and on its way to becoming a real corporeal entity (as in CD) – the package design should be done in the next week and the whole thing sent off to the manufacturing plant. A long time coming, but we think it’s worth the wait! (thank you Kickstarter backers for your patience)
July 5 Brian Lynch/Emmet Cohen Duo – Jalisco Jazz Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico
July 10-13 – w. Charles McPherson Quintet – The Jazz Standard, NYC
July 16 Brian Lynch/Emmet Cohen Duo – The Zinc Bar, NYC
July 22 – Brian Lynch and Spheres Of Influence – Minton’s, NYC
July 24 – The Music Of Leonard Bernstein, Jazz In July at The 92nd St.Y, NYC
July 25 – Special Guest with the Jill McCarron Trio, The Harvard Club, NYC (private gig)
July 31 – Special Guest with Robby Ameen Group, Babylon Soho, NYV
Aug. 4 – Orlando “Maraca” Valle Latin Jazz All Stars, Marciac Jazz Festival, Marciac, France
It’s been a while since my last update. A lot of good things have been going on, and now that things have slowed down a little bit (even as we swing into the holidays) I can take a moment to recount for those who are interested.
JAZZ TIMES FEATURE
Last month’s (October 2013) issue of Jazz Times had a very nice feature story about yours truly, well written and researched by Michael West. For better or worse, the spiffy photo by my buddy Nick Ruechel of me resplendent in a coral (it only looks pink) Paul Smith suit looks like a new trademark shot for me. The Yamaha ad in the same issue featured a more sober NY black vine though. Order the magazine through http://jazztimes.com/ It’s the Brass Issue, and there’s stories about a lot of other players as well.
LYNCH/COHEN KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN SUCCESS
It was a nail biter, almost last moment thing, but the Kickstarter crowd funding campaign for production of the upcoming Brian Lynch / Emmet Cohen recording on Hollistic MusicWorks met its goal. The funding will go towards post production of the completed tracks (mixing, mastering), manufacturing of the physical CD (yes, we still make those), promotion and tour support for the recording. The CD will be out early next year. The main challenge right now is to find the time to get the work done!
Thanks to all the supporters of this project – we are so thankful and we love you madly! Your assistance makes it possible for us to bring to you and the world high quality work that expresses our artistic vision in the way we think it deserves.
Check out the Kickstarter appeal video with some impromptu duo jamming by Emmet and myself:
And the Quartet live at NYC’s Iridium last July:
UNSUNG HEROES VOL. 2 – FINALLY ON CD!
I’m happy to relate that the second volume of my acclaimed (5 stars in Downbeat) Unsung Heroes project is finally available on physical CD, after existing purely in the ethereal (digital download) realm for so long. You can cop at Amazon, CD Baby, or on the Hollistic MusicWorks website.
Check out the press release for Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 here.
FALL PERFORMANCE TOUR
I had a blast playing at home in New York and out on the road this fall with some great musicians, peers, mentors, and legends alike.
The end of September found me way up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where bassist Steve Kirby is keeping the flame strong through his stewardship of the scene as well as his work as chair of the jazz program at the University Of Manitoba. The real deal! We played together with my bud, tenor sax great Eric Alexander and the redoubtable Davis brothers, Xavier on piano and Quincy (also on the faculty at the U) on drums. My friend, trumpet great, and another Manitoba professor, Derrick Gardner, stopped by one of the concerts and played some. Dangerous! There’s some stuff going on up there in Winnipeg! http://jazzwinnipeg.com/artists/steve-kirby/
Next up was a week in NYC at the Jazz Standard and a weekend on the road (Boston, San Francisco, Kansas City) with the Messengers Legacy band. This alumni association of our music’s ultimate finishing school, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, is a most distinguished collection indeed: Donald Harrison (alto sax), Bill Pierce (tenor sax), Donald Brown (piano), the august presence of Reggie Workman (bass), yours truly on trumpet, and Ralph Peterson on drums, who put the group together and can justly lay claim to being a Messenger from his incumbency in Buhaina’s big band in the 1980s. I had a truly great time playing and being together with these giants. We hope to keep this group together and bring the Message to a new generation!
Not even pausing to stop home (neither NYC or Miami), I then jumped on a plane for Paris to perform at the storied Theatre Du Chatelet with the virtuoso Cuban flautist Orlando “Maraca” Valle and his Latin Jazz All Stars. There were a lot of good buddies there to share the stage with, including Giovanni Hidalgo, El Negro Hernandez, and Steve Turre. A most successful concert, later rebroadcast by French radio.
In the City Of Lights less than 24 hours, I turned right back around to NYC to start a 6 night run between two of the top clubs and alongside two legendary altoists and longtime mentors. At the Blue Note, the Phil Woods Quintet, with which I’m entering my 22nd year as a member, did a two night midweek engagement. Pianist emeritus (and close friend) Bill Charlap graced the group with his artistry, filling in for regular pianist Bill Mays. Then the scene changed to a few blocks uptown back at one of my favorite clubs, the Jazz Standard, with a true master of the art form of jazz music, Charles McPherson. I’m proud every time I can get on stage with Charles. The band was smoking too: Jeb Patton, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, and my main man Johnathan Blake on drums.
It was a great run!
TEACHING, TEACHING, TEACHING
My “day gig” at the University Of Miami’s Frost School of Music continues to reward with stimulating students and amazing colleagues. I’m pleased to relate that I’ve been awarded tenure and advanced to the rank of Associate Professor as of this fall. My artist ensemble at Frost is doing a great job of playing my compositions and arrangements in the Afro-Caribbean jazz idiom alongside me. Check us out here:
IN OTHER NEWS
I was honored to be a part of the Cedar Walton Memorial Celebration at NYC’s St. Peter’s Church on November 15th. It was great to play Cedar’s music in the company of old friends, the jazz community, and Cedar’s family. In particular, it was memorable to hook up with my old Horace Silver front line partner (and one of the greatest of my generation on his or any instrument), tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore. Cedar and his music (along with his comrade in arms Clifford Jordan) had a major impact on how I play and what I value musically. After the concert, I had a great hang reminiscing more about the man in the company Ralph, Kenny Washington, Ted Panken, Cedar’s widow Martha Walton and Cilfford Jordan’s widow Sandra, who gave me a fresh CD of Clifford’s “Glass Bead Games”; incredibly touching since it’s one of the most important recordings of my musical life as well as one of the best jazz records of all time! From 1973, Glass Bead Games features Cedar, Sam Jones and Billy Higgins in one of two quartets, the other being pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Bill Lee and Billy. All heroes!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 14, 2013
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BRIAN LYNCH’S “UNSUNG HEROES VOL. 2” FINALLY RELEASED ON CD! THE ACCLAIMED RECORDING PROJECT SALUTING UNDERAPPRECIATED TRUMPET MASTERS NOW “ALL PHYSICAL” TO BE RELEASED NOVEMBER 12
“Whether or not they realize it, jazz players owe a serious nod to the many musicians through the years who have influenced and helped shape the branches on the musical tree…not just the household name players, but the many others – active or deceased – who’ve been innovators in their own way. Brian Lynch understands this big time….Lynch and his band…take the music of the aforementioned innovators and add their own contemporary stamp. It is a beautiful project…. Lynch has developed a great way to pay forward the influences that he absorbed.” – KEN FRANCKLING, Jazz Notes
“The series is more than a tribute; it’s an effort to preserve and perpetuate the bop legacy….While releases like Unsung Heroes appear with some frequency, few sound as accomplished or exuberant.” –ERIC FINE, Downbeat (***** 5 Star Review for Vol.1)
“Brian Lynch’s valid thesis is that the great jazz trumpet tradition has been created not only by towering figures like Louis and Dizzy and Miles, but by second-echelon players like Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, Louis Smith, Claudio Roditi, Kamau Adilifu, Joe Gordon, Ira Sullivan and Charles Tolliver…. Lynch is an articulate trumpet player with his own polished concept, and he does not attempt to mimic the styles of his heroes. His tributes go deeper….Most of all, what makes these tributes authentic is the high level of creative execution throughout Lynch’s sextet.” –THOMAS CONRAD, Jazz Times
“This isn’t the first sort of “legacy” project in your discography but it seems to be the one getting the most attention….The unearthing of these unrecorded compositions is a major contribution to these musicians you’re celebrating.” –LAZARO VEGA, Blue Lake Public Radio
The elements that make Unsung Heroes stand out among the many superficially similar “straight-ahead jazz” releases of the past few years are numerous and sharply marked. First, the concept: far from being a rote “celebration” of the obvious jazz icons, Unsung Heroes plumbs the rich depth of the music in exploring the work of such underappreciated masters as (on the second volume) trumpeters Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, and Joe Gordon. Having access to unrecorded scores (courtesy of publisher and project supporter Don Sickler of www.jazzleadsheets.com) and other primary sources of these artists created the possibility of recording new and unheard music for these sessions, in contrast to either a rote recitation of a previously recorded version or a “reimagining” remote from the composer’s intention. And most of all, the fresh, unforced quality of the performances throughout sets Unsung Heroes apart from those present day releases that all too often exhibit the “anxiety of influence”, either by the slavish obedience to it or the headlong flight from it. The musicians of Unsung Heroes are secure in their ability to make swinging, straight-ahead music without cliche, and Unsung Heroes Vol. 2 is further confirmation of that fact. The Unsung Heroes project is an affirmation of the continuing relevance of the form when it’s done right!
UNSUNG HEROES VOL. 2 ON CD: STREET DATE NOV. 12 (Hollistic MusicWorks HMW2) AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON, CD BABY, AND INDEPENDENT RECORD RETAILERS
and also through http://hollisticmusicworks.com
THE UNSUNG HEROES PROJECT ON DIGITAL: Vol. 1 and 2 available on ITunes, eMusic, and Amazon
Both volumes along with alternate takes from the sessions (Unsung Heroes Vol. 3) and play along versions of Unsung Heroes tracks are available at the Hollistic MusicWorks Bandcamp site: http://brianlynch.bandcamp.com
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Hollistic MusicWorks, in collaboration with Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen, is happy to announce that the Kickstarter campaign in support of their upcoming recording Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen – Quartet and Duo is now live!
Kickstarter is the pioneering crowd funding platform that has become the support vehicle for creative artists ranging from Spike Lee to your local creator down the street. Kickstarter and Hollistic MusicWorks are no strangers to each other, with Brian Lynch’s Unsung Heroes recording project being supported by funding from a successful Kickstarter project in 2010.
With Kickstarter all funding Is dependent on the overall fund raising goal being reached, and in a limited amount of time; in this case the deadline is September 12, which happens to be Brian’s birthday!
Funding proceeds from successfully reaching the Kickstarter goal will go towards completing the production of the recording (mixing, mastering, and manufacturing), as well as publicity, promotion and other support for the CD and digital releases. We want to give this music the exposure it deserves!
Support Brian and Emmet as they bring their opus to fruition! A variety of exciting rewards await those who choose to support these intrepid and talented artists in their present musical journey. Rewards are tailored to all different levels of support as well as type of supporter, from fan to patron of the arts and corporate sponsor.
Learn about the Brian Lynch / Emmet Cohen Project and pledge your supporthere.
View the Official Video:
Listen to rough mixes from the Quartet and Duo:
Duo: How Deep Is The Ocean
Thanks For Your Support & Keep Swinging,
Brian & Hollistic MusicWorks
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