Esperanto

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624828020
  • Catalog Number: 48280
  • Sales rank: 78,438

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Green Tomatoes - Kirk Whalum (5:15)
  2. 2 Latinesque (4:55)
  3. 3 Daddy-O (4:51)
  4. 4 Sir W (3:59)
  5. 5 The Villa Di Costa (4:24)
  6. 6 Zona Rosa (4:38)
  7. 7 To Manhattan With Love (5:06)
  8. 8 Stereo (4:29)
  9. 9 Turquoise (5:12)
  10. 10 Mother's Day (2:14)
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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 Jr. 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
Al Forman Keyboards, fender rhodes
Randy Jacobs Guitar
Suzie Katayama Violin
Darrin McCann Viola
Sara Parkins Violin
Cameron Patrick Violin
Dan Smith Celli
Tony Moore Drums
Steve Richards Celli
Matthew Funes Viola
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
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Bill Schnee Engineer
Todd Sharp Composer
Bill Sharpe Composer
Steve Sykes Engineer
Stephen Walker Art Direction
Al Forman Composer
Mark Daniels Composer
Chris Bemand Composer
45 Dip Producer
Richard Scane Goodheart Art Direction, Illustrations
Ryan Petrie Digital Editing
Tony Moore Arranger, Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Variety of Musical Styles

    This CD focuses mainly on trumpet playing, but features many other instruments as well, such as saxaphone, trombone, and various kinds of strings. I would say that in general, his music is getting more complex over the years. This album is a variety of musical styles, such as latin(Latinesque), upbeat jazz(Daddy-O), introspective (Villa di Costa, Zona Rosa) and whimsical (Green Tomatoes, Stereo). Some of my favorite tracks are Latinesque, Daddy-O, Sir W, Villa di Costa, and Turquoise. All in all, an excellent CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rick Braun your a Bad Man!

    Once again Rick Braun has managed to exude his classy flavor on one of the hottest jazz numbers to hit stores this year. With songs such as Daddy O, Sir W, and The Villa De Costa, just to name my personal favorites, this C.D. belongs in the front of your collection. Believe me, when you own a Rick Braun jam it gets a lot of use because you listen to it all the time. He is one of the rare artists that entertain you throughout the whole C.D. and not just for two or three songs. I still don't know how Rick can continue to crank out fresh innovative songs in what seems to be an effortless fashion. I guess you would call it "smooth". And always expect him to have the best fellow artists on any of his endeavors like Norman Brown and Gerald Albright. That just proves that when your as good as Rick Braun, you must know it, so you don't have to "Toot your own horn" Anyway, thanks to Rick for taking the time to add to my collection again. I will treasure Esperanto forever. Right along with Night Walk, Full Stride and every C.D. he has ever made. You see, I know great music when I hear it.

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    Posted September 15, 2011

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