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Brian Lynch: Unsung Heroes

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This CD is the tip of the iceberg for a unique, ambitious multi-format project from trumpeter Brian Lynch. It will encompass two more volumes online for download and an interactive DVD. All of the music will be available in a variety of play-along formats. Actual multitrack audio files will be accessible for programs such as GarageBand, so that young musicians can join the recording date. The website is

It all starts with the nine tracks on this CD, whose subtitle is “a tribute to some underappreciated trumpet masters.” Brian Lynch’s valid thesis is that the great jazz trumpet tradition has been created not only by towering figures like Louis and Dizzy and Miles, but by second-echelon players like Tommy Turrentine, Idrees Sulieman, Louis Smith, Claudio Roditi, Kamau Adilifu, Joe Gordon, Ira Sullivan and Charles Tolliver. He plays their songs, like Turrentine’s ballad “I Could Never Forget You.” Here in its recording debut, the composition deserves to become a standard. Lynch also writes songs for these unsung greats, like “Further Arrivals,” dedicated to Adilifu.

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