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Unsung Heroes [CD]

Brian Lynch Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B004OOH28Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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On Unsung Heroes Grammy Award© winning jazz trumpeter Brian Lynch pays tribute to a diverse group of jazz trumpeters, active from the 1940s through the present day, who have produced amazing music as players and composers despite flying below the radar. These great, creative trumpeters honored on Unsung Heroes, through their compositions (in some cases first recordings) and original works, range from masters no longer with us (Tommy Turrentine, Howard McGhee, Joe Gordon, Idrees Sulieman) to those very much alive, well, and swinging (Charles Tolliver, Claudio Roditi). Other trumpet masters represented in this project include Louis Smith and an early influence on Lynch's own work, Kamau Adilifu (Charles Sullivan). "The multiple subjects of this collection of unpretentious, straight-ahead jazz music are artists without whom the jazz trumpet tradition would be very much impoverished," says Brian Lynch, "yet who have seemed to fly under the radar of even enthusiastic followers of the music. They are also players and composers who have touched my soul and influenced me in both areas. Their notoriety ranges from those generally recognized by the cognoscenti to others almost completely unknown except to a few specialists, but they all have one thing in common: their art has been underappreciated." Musicians: Brian Lynch - trumpet, flugelhorn; Vincent Herring - alto sax; Alex Hoffman - tenor sax; Rob Schneiderman - piano; David Wong - bass; Pete Van Nostrand - drums; Little Johnny Rivero - congas (1-3, 1-6, 3-5)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Lynch's Best Album as a Leader March 13, 2011
Brian Lynch has been on the jazz scene for the better part of the last three decades. He's mostly known for his work as a sideman with many of jazz's finest and as a co-leader of a great Latin group with Eddie Palmieri. He has long championed the music of trumpet greats who have come before him.

On this disc, which is a natural companion to his 2000 disc Tribute to the Trumpet Masters, Mr. Lynch pays homage to the works of some of jazz's finest and undeservedly obscure trumpet players; namely Joe Gordon, Claudio Roditi, Tommy Turrentine, Louis Smith, Idrees Sulieman, Charles Tolliver and Kamal Adilifu (aka Charles Sullivan). Some of the tributes take the form of performing these artists' compositions. In other cases, Lynch plays a tune he penned in honor of the artist. In all instances, Lynch and his tight group, which includes Vincent Herring and Alex Hoffman on saxes and Rob Schneiderman on piano, are more than up to the task. They do each of the honorees proud.

Although there is not a bad track on the album, the standouts are Gordon's "Terra Firma Irma", which grooves on Pete Van Nostrand's killer backbeat along with the fine solos from all three horn players; Turrentine's "Big Red" and Sulieman's "Saturday Afternoon at Four", both part of a treasure trove of unrecorded compositions that were left as part of Turrentine and Sulieman's estates and that were made available to Lynch for these sessions; the hard bop of Tolliver's "Houshold of Saud" (again, I was knocked out by Van Nostrand's drumming)and Lynch's "RoditiSamba", a tribute to the Brazilian master.

In short, 'Unsung Heroes' is Brian Lynch's finest album as a leader in his long career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Joe Gordon was in somewhat rough shape by the time he wound up on the marathon session (4 LP's) with Shelly Manne and his Men. But before then he had acquitted himself well in person with Dizzy, and I have recordings of him outshining Donald Byrd (on the Transition label) and sounding resplendent on an early 10" EmArcy side with Charlie Rouse. It's good to see him recognized. The same is true of Tommy Turrentine, who impressed me on his few albums and played even more lyrically the night I heard him at Slug's with a group led by James Moody. And Maggie's talents remain largely restricted to his 1940s recordings with Bird (though there's a fine video of him with Stitt and J. J. Johnson on youtube).

The inevitable challenge of a necessarily selective group of unsung heros (Rouse, a pyrotechnical tenor player with an inimitable sound, even had an album by that title) is trying to please everybody. Jack Sheldon I would regard as one of the all-time greats, if only for his work with the Curtis Counce Group, right after the amazingly quick and responsive Harold Land (who was on every LP with Max and Clifford except one, when Rollins replaced him) joined the group. As for Sheldon, though much of his later work was somewhat lightweight (diluted by his commercial Hollywood studio work, his chumming with Merv Griffin, and his own television series as well as his attraction to comedy schtick), the extracurricular stuff (how else can a genuine jazz artist make a decent living in this land of ours?) should not detract from his singular artistry--as warm and personal, intimate and identifiable a sound as I've ever heard on the horn, yet in his later years he could be a dynamic player in front of a roaring big band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Recording April 12, 2013
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I was not familiar with Brian Lynch prior to this recording. I heard "Terra Firma Irma" on Music Choice and decided to purchase the CD. This is a wonderful tribute to the unsung heroes of jazz. The musicians on the CD all made tremendous contributions to the original music of the masters. It was an opportunity to hear some wonderful interpretations. I would recommend this recording to any lover of straight ahead jazz.
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