Monday, January 16, 2012

Unsung Heroes finds a strong voice in Brian Lynch

Brian Lynch - "Unsung Heroes" (3 Vols)
Hollistic Musicworks
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4 / 5

Brian Lynch is a master of over-achieving: on his Grammy-winning latin jazz album Simpatico (with Eddie Palmieri), we were blown away by the astounding quality - and quantity - of music provided. Jumping far beyond a measly 1.5 hrs here, the brilliant concept behind this three-volume set is worthy of recognition in and of itself; on Unsung Heroes, the Urbana, IL native compiles several relatively unknown jazz trumpeters and their compositions to cover. The amount of aural scholarship and knowledge is valuable enough, in our estimation, but Lynch also provides a tight ensemble here, with his always excellent musicianship and well-crafted solos. Our only regret on this fantastic volume of work is that it isn't as fiery and engaging as Simpatico, with its diverse, driving playlist, and we're going to suggest you to pick up that one first. But hey, intense criticism is what you get for winning a Grammy (sorry Brian!). We're going to recommend this one on its several merits, and suggest jazz-o-philes turn an ear to this modern trumpeter.

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