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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
When Rick Braun and Richard Elliot formed their contemporary jazz record label, it was a sure bet that the sights and sounds heard from it would be designed to entertain and amaze the legions of fans who have followed their careers since Braun's days with War and Elliot's days with Tower of Power. This revelation is clearly emphasized on their first label collaboration, titled RnR. The music here is stylistically different from the songs they played back in the '70s, yet it flows from their collective musical minds like a natural extension with the same elements of spontaneity, soul, and sex appeal. Each tune is based on a particular rhythmical feel or texture: shuffle,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
When Rick Braun and Richard Elliot formed their contemporary jazz record label, it was a sure bet that the sights and sounds heard from it would be designed to entertain and amaze the legions of fans who have followed their careers since Braun's days with War and Elliot's days with Tower of Power. This revelation is clearly emphasized on their first label collaboration, titled RnR. The music here is stylistically different from the songs they played back in the '70s, yet it flows from their collective musical minds like a natural extension with the same elements of spontaneity, soul, and sex appeal. Each tune is based on a particular rhythmical feel or texture: shuffle, boogaloo, Latin, funk, even 20th century cool and bebop colors. Opening with the title track, "RnR," the ensemble delivers an energetic jam filled with potent beats and horn charts that smoke in unison. "Sweet Somethin'" is a cool jazz gem that features Braun's refined trumpet talk in a conversation with Elliot's sensual saxophone. Braun calls, Elliot responds, and they stylistically bow with more than a nod to the groove. This song is sweet and hot. "The Stranger" is an exotic burner that features the vamp from "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets." With their smoldering riffs improvised around the potent melody, this song is both familiar and fresh. The smash hit "São Paulo" makes its physical debut on this disc, having been a bonus download for fans visiting the artist's website. Breezy and romantic, its Brazilian jazz flavors spice up the act and will have you chillin' in its tropical ambience. With great performances emanating from both Braun and Elliot, RnR is exciting and lively, yet warm, sexy, and mellow. It is in this experimental way that you begin to grasp the depth of their combined signature sounds and the impact it will have on their devoted and new fans alike. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2007
  • Label: Artizen
  • UPC: 851071001775
  • Catalog Number: 10016
  • Sales rank: 15,561

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rnr (4:18)
  2. 2 Sweet Somethin' (4:39)
  3. 3 Curve Ball (4:59)
  4. 4 The Stranger (5:53)
  5. 5 Da Jr Funk (4:38)
  6. 6 Que Paso (5:06)
  7. 7 Better Times (5:22)
  8. 8 Down and Dirty (5:51)
  9. 9 Two Heart Tango (4:33)
  10. 10 Q It Up (4:57)
  11. 11 Sunday Night (5:31)
  12. 12 Sao Paulo (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Braun Primary Artist, Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Keyboards
Richard Elliot Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Gregg Karukas Keyboards
Dwight Sills Guitar
Jeff Lorber Guitar, Keyboards
Lenny Castro Percussion
Nick Lane Trombone
Ricky Lawson Drums
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Philippe Saisse Keyboards
Sergio Gonzales Drums
Ron Reinhardt Keyboards
Nate Phillips Bass
Chris Standring Guitar
Technical Credits
Richard Elliot Composer, Producer
Jeff Lorber Composer, Producer, Engineer
Rick Braun Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Khaliq Glover Engineer
Steve Hall Mastering
Rex Rideout Composer, Producer, Engineer
Philippe Saisse Composer, Producer
Michelle Laurencot Art Direction
Lori Stoll Cover Design
Chris Standring Composer
Shilts Composer
Steve Chapman Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Instrumental jazz that's not too smooth and not too brass.

    Two instrumental talents combine to make great sounding music. Excellent music to play outside, on your patio, when friends come over to drink and eat.

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