Body and Soul

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Body & Soul, explores an introspective, thoughtful side of Rick Braun's artistry. Funk grooves and irresistible pop melodies still prevail in subtler shades, but Braun reflects maturely on the changes of his life with a collection that pays homage to his ongoing love for more traditional jazz. The result is his most thought-provoking, eclectic and artistically satisfying album to date. While he plays all the keyboard, trumpet and flugelhorn parts on Body and Soul, he's joined by some of the genre's best musicians, who got together at various times in the comfort of Braun's sunny home to record tracks reflective of friends gathering for a smooth sailing jam session. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Body & Soul, explores an introspective, thoughtful side of Rick Braun's artistry. Funk grooves and irresistible pop melodies still prevail in subtler shades, but Braun reflects maturely on the changes of his life with a collection that pays homage to his ongoing love for more traditional jazz. The result is his most thought-provoking, eclectic and artistically satisfying album to date. While he plays all the keyboard, trumpet and flugelhorn parts on Body and Soul, he's joined by some of the genre's best musicians, who got together at various times in the comfort of Braun's sunny home to record tracks reflective of friends gathering for a smooth sailing jam session. On hand for various tracks are sax star Boney James, guitarists Chris Standring and Jeff Golub, bassist Cliff Hugo, and drummers Dave Palmer and Dave Karasony. Body & Soul kicks off with the album's first single, the dreamy, cool, and seductive "Notorious," which features interplay between Braun and Boney James's horns and was co-produced by Paul Brown who's produced hits for James as well as Peter White and Sam Riney. Braun gently fuses jazz sensibilities with streetwise seduction on the gently hypnotic "Missing In Venice" before exploring the pulsating edges of night on the spirited retro-soul vibe of "Slick." "Chelsea" is an easily shuffling romantic ode to the section of Manhattan where Jeff Golub lives, while "Long Tall Judy" finds musical soul mates Braun and Golub invoking the ghosts of Lee Morgan and Wes Montgomery in a sparsely arranged, slow burning jazz/blues jam.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/1997
  • Label: Mesa / Bluemoon
  • UPC: 075679274328
  • Catalog Number: 92743
  • Sales rank: 38,291

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Notorious (4:32)
  2. 2 Missing in Venice (4:17)
  3. 3 Slick (4:22)
  4. 4 Chelsea (3:46)
  5. 5 Long Tall Judy (4:41)
  6. 6 Dark Eyes (4:32)
  7. 7 Body and Soul (4:32)
  8. 8 Angel (4:13)
  9. 9 Love Will Find a Way (4:13)
  10. 10 Coolsville (4:50)
  11. 11 Hymn for Her (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Braun Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Keyboards, Vocals, keyboard bass
Jeff Golub Guitar
Boney James Saxophone
Curtis Brengle Keyboards
Paul S. Denman Bass
Michael Egizi Keyboards
Cliff Hugo Bass
Dave Karasony Drums
Chuck Kentis Keyboards
David Palmer Drums
Marc Antoine Guitar
Leon Bisquera Keyboards
Chris Standring Guitar
Vin "Vinny" D'Onofrio Guitar
Technical Credits
Wilder Composer
Rick Braun Producer, drum programming
Paul Brown Composer, Programming, Producer
Michael Egizi Programming
Steve Hall Mastering
Chuck Kentis Arranger
Hank Levine Composer
Gota Yashiki Loop
Bloom Composer
Leon Bisquera Programming
William Engvick Composer
Richard Evans Art Direction
Wingate Composer
Gilkyson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smooth and Delightful

    I don't need to be a jazz Purist. Who cares, if beauty is in the eyes of the beholder so is music. Rick Braun doesn't have to stretch out of his comfort zone, he's the one making the music and money. Listen to the cuts, not the reviewer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jazz Lovin It

    Rick Braun is the boom, he's smooth, and yet he's upbeat all at the same time. Love this album. I have all of his CD's, I think!

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