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Russell Gunn

Trumpeter Russell Gunn aims to be true to himself. “I always had a bad feeling about not taking things that influence you and incorporating them into your music,” says the 27-year-old musician.

His Atlantic Records debut, Ethnomusicology, Volume 1, is an intense session marked by catchy hip-hop and funk beats, DJ sampling, R&B, house music, New Orleans tinges, and, best of all, his fine trumpet playing. “The album’s called Ethnomusicology because I use all these different rhythms from traditionally black forms of music, and we swing, too.”

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