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Beat Street

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Beat Street by Rick Braun

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1. Groovis - Boney James
2. Papa Dee
3. Club Harlem - Peter White
4. I'll Be There For You
5. Philadelphiae For You - Jeff Golub
6. Cadillac Slim
7. The Promises (Xoum Ladya Phada)
8. Natalie
9. Ian's Blues
10. Walk The Walk
11. Marty's Party
12. Cadillac Slim (Remix)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: January 13, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mesa Blue Moon
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002JU3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Frantz on June 12, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Other reviewers have said it, but its worth repeating: This is a CD that gets better with age. If all smooth jazz was the quality of Braun's Beat Street, it wouldn't have the sometimes elevator, saccharine reputation artists like Kenny G have given it. I have been paring down my extensive collection of Jazz, going mp3 library with those I like, selling off the rest; but Beat Street is NOT leaving my collection.

This set has so much going for it: Unfettered creativity, sweet melodies, great guest appearances, excellent interplay between artists, interesting diversity, haunting sounds, to funky beats. Philadelphia is a deservedly widely played, popular track off Beat Street, but this is not the only top tier song on the CD. Most are. Most of the songs on this CD are better than the best on most smooth jazz albums.

I haven't been that impressed with Braun's collected work, but on this one, it all came together.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Russell Diederich VINE VOICE on November 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Rick Braun is probably one of the best smooth jazz trumpeters out there, and it can definitely be heard on "Beat Street". This album focuses around the trumpet, and is perfect for those who enjoy those crystal clear notes ringing from the bell. Braun has quite a range on the horn and is able to pick notes out of both registers with ease. His solos are well formed and don't lose sight of the song. He plays with such an elegant ease, yet is able to attack with force. "I'll Be There for You" is a great track that symbolizes everything about this musician.
The album opens with "Groovis" where Braun and guest sax-man, Boney James, trade licks back and forth over a funky wah guitar rhythm. For "Papa Dee" Braun pops a mute into the bell and takes up double-duty on the keys. He plays with an idea, and then expands on that idea, but always returning to that original idea. His solos don't lose the melody, and even though he's blowing his brains out to reach high notes, it all fits together. The bluesy "Club Harlem" opens with the deep frequencies of a double bass, and guitarist Peter White's beautiful acoustic work backed by Braun's mournful wails. Braun's solo is smooth and perfect as he trades measures with White. White and Braun has always been a good collaboration and is worth checking out on White's "Caravan of Dreams".
Another great guitarist, Jeff Golub, appears on three tracks "Philadelphia", "Cadillac Slim", and "Marty's Party". He's another one that can roll solos off the fretboard without trying. His phrasing is clear and meaningful, even when he's rattling off sixteenth notes and faster. It's fun to listen to them play off each other on these cuts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 28, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Yup, its a "5 star" CD! I listen to it again and again. Its sorta Miles Davis. And I love the "funk" guitar rifts that are sprinkled throughout the cuts. Rick's best so far, I think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "swingoutsisterguy" on September 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
My favorite instrument in the world is the piano. But Rick Braun blows out some fantastic tunes with that trumpet of his. From the start you feel just like the first song: so "Groovis". Then you find yourself jammin' down to "Club Harlem" and then you are "Walk(in) the Walk" to "Marty's Party".
The entire cd is full of emotion, fun and cool groves. The one song that stands out is the song "Philadelphia". With that magical trumpet, he has captured the essence and attraction that is PHILADELPHIA.
In an age with grunge sound and sweet as a toothache sounds of some "musicians", it is nice to get in touch with the smooth jazz side of music. And with Rick Braun and his trumpet, it is nice to visit that side of the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Griffith VINE VOICE on September 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've had this CD for several years, and it's still fantastic to listen to. Had the pleasure of experiencing Rick Bruan live at a concert a few summers ago at Thornton Winery, and he's an amazing showman as well as a gifted musician. This early CD is a favorite often played in my home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RAYMOND C LIEBERT on October 8, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
RICK BRAUN IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE TRUMPET PLAYERS. HE IS SO SMOOTH AND CREATIVE. THIS CD IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT SMOOTH JAZZ SHOULD BE. HE IS ONE OF THE BEST.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By El Jefe on August 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For smooth jazz, this is one set of music that steps outside the norm. Beat Street just gets better with age, and every time I listen to it I go somewhere tropical and lively in my mind. It's the perfect cure to a sour mood, without being cheesy or overdone. It's the perfect Saturday morning, reading-the-paper CD with a cup of coffee. Rick's other CDs are good, and above the norm, but this is his best in my opinion. Every single song is great, and the way his jazz blends into catchy riffs is very subtle. I have 300 CDs and this one ranks in the top 5. Come to Austin, Rick!
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By dld on August 10, 2013
Format: Audio CD
One of Rick Braun's best earlier cd's. I started listening to Rick Braun because he did the theme song to tv series called Midnight Caller. His cd "Intimate Secrets" had that single. I bought "intimate Secrets" loved it and became a fan.
Rick Braun is a talented musician and producer. He works with a lot of different artists. It's a unique experience to see him in person. He truly loves and enjoys performing. It makes him stand out from many other performances in concert.
I recommend this cd.
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