December 2013 CD of the Month
Brian Lynch "Unsung Heroes: Volume 2" Hollistic Music WorksBrian Lynch. This superb recording is on Brian’s own Hollistic Music Works label. Lynch has chosen some nearly forgotten trumpeters from the past and plays one of their compositions in homage with the hope of creating new fans and renewed admiration for them. Although this CD has been released in November of 2013, it was recorded at the same time, with the same accompanists in 2010 as the previous album which due to its success and high critical acclaim, Brian knew it was time to issue the remainder of those recordings and we’re very pleased to have the sequel. Among the 10 tracks, there are 2 Lynch originals and one by the late Dr. Donald Byrd who passed away in February of 2013, very serendipitous that a tribute track was performed for Donald 3 years ago and now available posthumously. The ensemble consists of Brian Lynch-trumpet, Vincent Herring-alto sax, Alex Hoffman-tenor sax, Rob Schneiderman-piano, David Wong-bass and Pete van Nostrand-drums.
In the last few years not only has Brian remained one of the most in-demand trumpet players as a leader and sideman touring around the world as well as staying busy in the recording studios as a guest, he has become a preeminent educator at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fl. Add to this, Mr. Lynch is the proprietor of his Hollistic Music Works that releases his recordings, others that he has produced and it sells sheet music too. Lynch is as agile as a highly skilled juggler handling all of his commitments and projects, worthy of admiration. It is very satisfying to see such a gifted trumpet player as Brian Lynch offer tributes to those trailblazers that have not only shaped the sound of his playing, but of the majority of all trumpeters of the past 40 years. Perhaps you’ll consider using Unsung Heroes, Volumes 1 and 2 as bookends and fill the space in between with the recordings of those trumpet masters being paid homage!