Last year Lynch proved himself a student of hard bop on Unsung Heroes (Hollistic MusicWorks), an album celebrating jazz's overlooked horn greats, including Tommy Turrentine, Louis Smith, Howard McGhee, Joe Gordon, Idrees Sulieman, and Ira Sullivan. Lynch composed a few original themes dedicated to some of his heroes, but the trumpet heavies he's honoring wrote most of them. His playing is just as lyrical as always, especially on the ballads, and he brings an equally characteristic fierceness and rhythmic sophistication to the upbeat material. Below you can check out the bustling opener, a Gordon composition called "Terra Firma Irma." Some of the music from the album—the first of a projected three volumes—could of course turn up in Lynch's sets this weekend, where he leads a quartet with pianist Mark Davis, bassist Jeff Hamann (both from Milwaukee), and drummer Anthony Lee Jr. Given his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz, though, you're just as likely to hear anything from the genre's long history.
Brian Lynch, "Terra Firma Irma"
photo: Nick Ruechel
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