A brilliant cover photo says a lot about the illustrated musician.
Rick Braun made it. He is at the height of his musical career both
as a soloist and as an accompanist. His new album Crossroads
(2019) is his second album on the prestigious label Shanachie
Entertainment after Around The Horn (2017).
His popularity in musical circles and his high degree of awareness
allow him to access a large pool of colleagues. Keyboardists
Philippe Saisse and Greg Phillinganes, guitarists Peter White and
Michael Thompson, bassist Nate Phillips, sax man Richard Elliot,
drummer Eric Valentine and Gregg Bissonette, and percussionist
Richie Garcia are welcomed guests on his album among many others.
The introducing Around The Corner is committed to Braun's
daughter Emma to which he dedicates songs on many albums. Braun
cleverly takes advantage of Herb Alpert's Tijuana brass style by
overdubbing his horn with very slight delay in order to create the
illusion of a full brass section.
Brazz Street is the result of a collaboration between
Braun and producer and keyboardist Chris "Big Dog" Davis featuring
Braun's muted trumpet in a fine-tuned horn arrangement with an
excellent bass solo by David Dyson.
The title song Crossroads is a full-bodied song that Rick
Braun recorded with his long-time friend Philippe Saisse.
Meaningful in the quality of old Bob James evergreens. The
Moment I Saw You is romantic music carrying you away into a
better world. Rick's splendid rendition of Stevie Wonder's I
Wish delivers a powerful mixture of acid jazz with big band
brass. Rick Braun and Richard Elliot, better known in this
combination as RnR, are shining as horn section and also as solo artists.
Me and You celebrates the meeting of the smooth jazz
giants Rick Braun and Peter White in a Christmassy sounding
melody. With Family Rick Braun cheers for the most
precious thing in his life, his one and only. Bahia is
the Portuguese word for bay. Based on a shuffling Samba beat Rick
and Philippe create their Brazilian dream.
Come With Me is inspired by the brass harmonies of EWF.
Versace on the Floor is a song by American singer Bruno
Mars from his third studio album, 24K Magic (2016).
Rick's interpretation is of noble tonality, which is due to the
sustained nature of the flugelhorn. Rick' son Kyle introduces into
the song with a lyrical piano intro.
Rick Braun's album Crossroads serves an accessible
palette of music, which is both addictive and of exquisite
quality. The product of many years of experience and the knowledge
of that certain something.
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Artist: Rick Braun
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: Shanachie Entertainment Corporation
1 Around the Corner 4:22
2 Brazz Street 4:42
4 The Moment I Saw You 4:26
5 I Wish 4:42
6 Me and
7 Family 5:11
8 Bahia 5:11
9 Come With Me 3:54
10 Versace On the Floor 4:53
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