With his clever genre blending, trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is a natural foil for hip-hop great Talib Kweli | Concert Preview | Chicago Reader

With his clever genre blending, trumpeter Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is a natural foil for hip-hop great Talib Kweli 

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Maurice “Mobetta” Brown

Zach Gross

Maurice “Mobetta” Brown’s brass is boundless. The trumpeter blows seamlessly in and out of moods that sample liberally from hip-hop, blues, rock, and contemporary jazz, making him a natural collaborator for lyrical poets such as Prodigy, Jean Grae, and Talib Kweli. Brown, a native of south-­suburban Harvey, was also a founding member of Tedeschi Trucks Band, creating the horn arrangements that helped the group win a 2012 Grammy for Best Blues Album for its debut record, Revelator. His chops as an arranger are fully evident on his latest album, The Mood (Ropeadope)—if you’re into clever genre blending that results in the creation of some super grown-up tunes, Brown is the man to hear. His performance at Martyrs’ features an appearance by hip-hop great Talib Kweli, whose contribution to the song “Fly by Night” made it the standout track from Brown’s 2014 Maurice vs. Mobetta.   v

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