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Multi-Grammy Award-winner Brian Lynch to Release ‘Songbook Vol. 2: Dance The Way U Want’

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Multi-Grammy® Award-winner Brian Lynch Goes “On The Latin Side” With
Brian Lynch And Spheres Of Influence –  Songbook Vol. 2: Dance The Way U Want To

Multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning trumpeter Brian Lynch is proud to announce the release of the second volume of his acclaimed Songbook Series: Brian Lynch And Spheres Of Influence –  Songbook Vol. 2: Dance The Way U Want To, out on August 12 on Hollistic MusicWorks. 

Brian Lynch And Spheres Of Influence –  Songbook Vol. 2: Dance The Way U Want To
Brian Lynch And Spheres Of Influence –  Songbook Vol. 2: Dance The Way U Want To

Lynch’s “Songbook” series reclaims the many original compositions that he recorded for other labels throughout his career on his own label Hollistic Music Works, in new and improved renditions. Coming directly after the critically acclaimed Songbook Vol. 1: Bus Stop Serenade, which was named one of Jazz Times’ Best Albums Of 2021, Dance The Way U Want To continues the project with a focus on works chronicling Lynch’s uniquely personal mixture of straight ahead modern jazz style with Afro-Caribbean musical elements, reflecting his long and distinguished career in both idioms. 

The encounter with Afro-Caribbean music and la clave has been essential in forming my overall musical concept, playing style and compositional output,” Lynch explains. The genesis of what might be called the ‘Latin Side’ of his musical oeuvre goes back to the trumpeter’s early days in his home town of Milwaukee as a part of La Chazz, an 11-piece aggregation formed by guitarist Toty Ramos, where Lynch would play the leader’s fine Latin-jazz originals along with his painstaking transcriptions of salsa and Latin gems right off the discs. 

It was alongside Ramos where Lynch’s ears were opened to the great charts of Puerto Rican piano icon Eddie Palmieri, whom Lynch would go on to collaborate with in their multi-decade-long musical association. For the first time, Lynch saw the deep connections this music had with jazz, as well as the works of the artists he had cut his teeth on such as Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane. This youthful tenure in La Chazz marked the beginning of Lynch’s lifelong education in Afro-Caribbean music and laid a strong foundation for his professional Latin Jazz career. After making the move to New York City from Milwaukee, he went on to gig and record with salsa orchestras for Angel Canales and tour internationally with legendary vocalist Hector LaVoe.

Dance The Way U Want To features music fashioned over a period of almost forty years, from 1980 up until 2018, including two new compositions recorded here for the very first time: “E.P’s Plan B,” dedicated to Palmieri; and “The Disco Godfather”, a shout out to Black humorist and pioneering filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore. The “remakes” draw extensively on material originally cut during Lynch’s long association with the Criss Cross label, ranging from “Change Of Plan”, recorded on his debut album as a leader (Peer Pressure from 1986), to numbers such as “Across The Bridge” and the title tune “Dance The Way U Want To,” from his series of ConClave albums between 2003 and 2010. An album highlight is an heart-pulling instrumental version of “Que Sería la Vida,” the beautiful bolero Lynch co-wrote with the singer Lila Downs for Lynch’s GRAMMY-award wining album of 2006, Simpático.

Dance The Way U Want To documents an essential aspect of Lynch’s musical world and represents an important phase of his musical life through the great players that form the group on this album, the Miami edition of his long-running Spheres Of Influence ensemble. The players on this album all have connections with the great Miami music scene, either through residency in the area or by relationship with The Frost School Of Music at The University Of Miami, where Lynch has taught since 2011.

Drummer Hilario Bell was a fundamental part of Lynch’s 2019 GRAMMY-Award winning big band album The Omni-American Book Club, as were percussionist Murphy Aucamp and pianist Alex Brown, frequent and valued collaborators in his groups over the last few years and in-demand musicians on the New York scene. The other pianist on this album, Kemuel Roig, who’s been a part of the groups of Arturo Sandoval and Al DiMeola among others, is one of the most brilliant examples of the talent resident in the South Florida region, as is the full album’s bassist, Rodner Padilla, an internationally acclaimed and multi-Latin GRAMMY award winning performer and producer. These gifted players have formed the core of Lynch’s Miami performance groups for over five years and have also played in his groups for festival and concert gigs, both across the country and internationally.

Tom Kelly, Chris Thompson-Taylor, and Aldo Salvent, the eloquent saxophonists for this album, originally were encountered by Lynch at Frost, Salvent as a doctoral student in the Studio Music and Jazz program and Thompson-Taylor and Kelly as undergrad student participants in Lynch’s Artist Ensemble (Aucamp, Roig and Brown have also been a part of the storied Frost jazz program during Lynch’s time there). 

This brilliant ensemble has indeed sumptuously aided and abetted Lynch in his ongoing project to fully reclaim his compositional catalog for himself and Hollistic MusicWorks. Once again, as in Songbook Vol. 1, Lynch has made this release into a two disc set, the second disc this time out featuring edited versions of the tracks optimized for radio programming. And once again the new versions realize the potential of Lynch’s hard bop/clave amalgam more fully than in any previous rendition. 

“The reason I started my own label was to give myself the freedom to record my own music, along with the music of other artists who I enjoy and respect, in a manner that realizes the potential of the music to the furthest extent possible,” Lynch states. Dance The Way U Want To fulfills that vision magnificently, with great playing, superb sound quality and production values that make these new renditions truly definitive. Dance The Way U Want To is out August 12, 2022 on Hollistic MusicWorks.

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Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band to release new recording: “Vox Humana”

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Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria
Drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria

Celebrating 25 years! The multi-Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is set to release their new recording: “Vox Humana” featuring vocalists Janis Siegel, Antoinette Montague, Jennifer Jade Ledesna.

Recorded Live at Dizzy’s Club Cola in NYC
Release Date: Spring 2023
Record Label: Jazzheads

New York – January 18th – On the heels of their Grammy nominated and 2019 Jazz Journalists Association Album of the Year Award winning critically acclaimed masterwork, West Side Story Reimagined, and in celebration of their 25th anniversary – drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band return with their most ambitious work to date, VOX HUMANA.

Bobby states, “Over the course of our many Grammy nominated albums we’ve occasionally featured tracks with vocals. But I’ve always envisioned doing an entire vocal album framed by the Multiverse Big Band. Now with three of today’s greatest contemporary singing talents – multi-Grammy award winner Janis Siegel from the Manhattan Transfer, blues and jazz Queen Antoinette Montague, and the multilingual powerhouse, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, today that vision has finally become a reality.

The individually distinct voices that Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer possess make them each unique. But the X factor they all have is they are all masterful improvisors in the best sense of the jazz tradition. Added to the mix is our great conguero, Oreste Abrantes, who also sings lead on two tracks. Having that multi- dimensional vocal talent framed by the power, nuance, and tonal variety that only a big band can provide, combined with the repertoire I’ve chosen to showcase them and the band and the incredible variety of Afro- Latin, straight ahead swing, funk, R&B, and rock rhythmic vocabulary that we are masters of and readily have at our disposal in the Multiverse, I believe VOX HUMANA will prove to be our greatest achievement. 

Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: "Vox Humana"
Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band: “Vox Humana”

That repertoire has a personal meaning to me as I see VOX HUMANA as a biographical work. I’m a product of my environment. I’m a Nuyorican, a person of Puerto Rican descent growing up in New York City. In my case the South Bronx during a time period when pop, jazz, R&B, rock, funk, and Latin music of all kinds all co-existed as equals. It was the last era when the big bands of masters like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Machito, Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Don Ellis, and more were in the public eye, and they became my heroes. Vocalists who could deliver a message with subtlety, nuance, and when needed, power, were called upon to deliver poetry crafted by genius song writers. You’ll hear all that and more through the soaring vocals and improv talents of Janis, Antoinette, and Jennifer, along with Oreste, as well as the incredible jazz-oriented arrangements and exciting Pan Afro-Latin rhythms played by a big band that literally takes no prisoners when it hits the stage.”

The repertoire Bobby speaks of includes 1 original and 12 unique re-workings of pop hits like Spooky, Christine Aguilera’s Genie In a Bottle, and Steely Dan’s Do It Again; NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri’s, Mi Congo and Puerto Rico along with the island’s greatest composer, Rafael Hernandez’s, Capullito De Aleli; the classic Joe Cuba R&B bolero, To Be With You; Brazilian standards Partido Alto and Amazonas; and from the world of Broadway theater, I Love You Porgy, and the iconic jump blues, Let The Good Times Roll. The CD also includes an original message bearing piece, Who Taught You That, as well as what may possibly be the most exciting interpretation of the Ellington associated classic, Caravan, and that has ever been recorded. 

Adding to the excitement of the performance, VOX HUMANA was recorded in front of a live audience. Bobby states, “As with our previous work, we recorded VOX HUMANA live at NYC’s Dizzy’s Club Coca – Cola. My musicians represent NYC’s finest. That means they’re the greatest in the world. The added level of excitement created by the audience inspired us in the MULTIVERSE Big Band to a heightened new level of performance virtuosity that listeners will hear explode out of the speakers just as the audience at Dizzy’s experienced in person.”

The history of the Bobby Sanabria MULTIVERSE Big Band is indeed one based on his rich multi-cultural heritage as a Nuyorican growing up in New York City’s South Bronx. His concept of having a big band that has no genre boundaries with limitless possibilities was forged 25 years ago back in 1998. It has yielded a series of groundbreaking, critically acclaimed albums that have all been Grammy-nominated with the band thrilling audiences worldwide at venues like the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Ravinia Festival, Verona Jazz Festival in Europe, and more.

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