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Esperanto

Esperanto

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by Rick Braun
     
 
The title of the popular trumpeter and composer's latest triumph is a wistful reference to a language created in the late 19th century (by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof, who used the pseudonym "Dr. Esperanto") to facilitate communication between people of different lands and cultures. It's representative of the unique vibe of the collection, which features distinctive Euro

Overview

The title of the popular trumpeter and composer's latest triumph is a wistful reference to a language created in the late 19th century (by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof, who used the pseudonym "Dr. Esperanto") to facilitate communication between people of different lands and cultures. It's representative of the unique vibe of the collection, which features distinctive Euro influences drawn from the realms of trance, electronica, and acid jazz, with dramatic orchestral touches as well. Before those kick in, however, listeners are treated to an extension of the old-school brassy soul of B.W.B., the Warner Bros. ensemble of Braun, Kirk Whalum, and Norman Brown. "Green Tomatoes" is an old-school, Les McCann-flavored retro-funk explosion written by Braun over a groove and vocoder line originally composed by the popular London-based acid jazz outfit 45 Dip, led by Chris Beeman. Braun's eye for musical collaborations continues, with two tracks co-written and co-produced with keyboard legend Jeff Lorber (the heavy-grooving, Euro-minded "Sir W" and the party-minded free-for-all jam session "Stereo," with saxman Gerald Albright and keyboardist Gregg Karukas) and two with longtime Braun keyboardist Mitch Forman (the exotic and percussive, hip-hop- and jazz fusion-influenced "Zona Rosa" and the poignant two-minute duet closer "Mother's Day," fashioned as a tribute to their late mothers). Another new and highly elegant addition to the Braun production palette is his exploration of the harmonic possibilities of an 18-piece string section on four tracks. Braun's success in smooth jazz is due not only to his phenomenal trumpeting and picture-perfect melodies and grooves. There's always a commitment to new styles and adventures each time out, and the mix is irresistible.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/26/2003
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0093624828020
catalogNumber:
48280
Rank:
49231

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Braun   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Gregg Karukas   Keyboards,Horn Engineer
Ricky Peterson   Organ
Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
Norman Brown   Guitar
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Alex Al   Bass
Andre Berry   Bass
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Johnny Britt   fender rhodes
Darius Campo   Violin
Luis Conte   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Celli
Joel Derouin   Violin
Tim Gant   Keyboards
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Rayford Griffin   Drums
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Peter Kent   Violin
Nick Lane   Trombone
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Land Richards   Drums
Mark Robertson   Violin
Todd Sharp   Guitar
Bill Sharpe   Bass
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone
Evan Wilson   Viola
Jimmy Roberts   Saxophone
Susan Chatman   Violin
Forman   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Randy Jacobs   Guitar
Suzie Katayama   Violin
Darrin McCann   Viola
Cameron Patrick   Violin
Dan Smith   Celli
Tony Moore   Drums
Steve Richards   Celli
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Gregg Karukas   Engineer
Jeff Lorber   Composer,Programming,Producer
Rick Braun   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Johnny Britt   Composer
Tim Gant   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Nick Lane   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Todd Sharp   Composer
Bill Sharpe   Composer
Steve Sykes   Engineer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Forman   Composer
Mark Daniels   Composer
Chris Bemand   Composer
45 Dip   Producer
Richard Scane Goodheart   Art Direction,Illustrations
Tony Moore   Arranger,Producer

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