Rick_braun-kisses_in_rain_span3
July/August 2001

Rick Braun
Kisses in the Rain
Warner Brothers

After creating a franchise sound over the past few years with his moody cityscapes, Rick Braun mixes things up a bit for his new-label debut, Kisses in the Rain. The trumpeter here surrounds himself with a stalwart supporting cast, including fellow brass man Jerry Hey, bassist Nathan East and guitarist Peter White. The results take a welcome detour from Braun's tried-and-true path. From the glistening dance music of "One for the Girls," with its almost techno-styled rhythmic relentlessness, to the funky, lumbering read of "Use Me," which gives Braun space for snaky soloing, the album experiments with colors and styles. Other highlights include the earthy groover "Car Wash 2000," which finds Braun nimbly hopping on the flugelhorn, and "Grover's Groove," a shiny, '70s-recalling funky strut in the mold of "When Georgie Comes Home." While there are some minor dips between these spirited pieces (the melodramatic "Middle of the Night," for example), Braun also injects enough of his trademark style (on pieces like the spacey, melodic title track) to keep the old fans with him.

Originally published in July/August 2001
BUY THIS ALBUM from Amazon.com
STREAM THIS CD from Rhapsody.com

Add a Comment

You need to log in to comment on this article. No account? No problem!