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Brian Lynch

Brian Lynch

As a follow-up to 1995’s excellent quartet date Keep Your Circle Small, his debut on Sharp Nine Records, trumpeter Brian Lynch has prepared a program that takes in more of his varied influences and personal tastes. An alumnus of both the Horace Silver (’82-’85) and Art Blakey (’88-’90) schools of hard bop, Lynch has widened his palette from lengthy associations with Toshiko Akiyoshi’s big band, Eddie Palmieri’s Latin jazz combo and, for the past five years, Phil Woods’ bristling bop quintet. He’s also done recent sideman duty on trombonist Conrad Herwig’s The Latin Side Of John Coltrane (Astor Place) and guitarist Dave Stryker’s Blue To The Bone (SteepleChase).

All of those influences converge on The Latin And Swing Project. “Half the record reflects the Art Blakey-Horace Silver thing with some different kinds of rhythmic things in there,” says Lynch of the quintet sessions with Donald Harrison, David Kikoski, Essiet Essiet and Jeff “Tain” Watts. “The beat on ‘Luke Man’ we like to call a nouveau swing beat. It’s like a hip-hop beat but with the open cymbal of swing beats so you can go either way on it. Tain really hooked up the beat on that. On another tune we play reggae beats mixed with swing beats.”

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