Back with his first contemporary jazz foray in five years, trumpeter Rick Braun is taking it to the top. Get Up And Dance, his fun-filled frolic with sax sensation Dave Koz has become the song of the summer, it was the first cut issued from Braun’s sixteenth set, Can You Feel It, which was released by Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Records.
Braun produced and wrote or co-wrote nine songs on the new session that revisits the spirit of his twenty-year-old breakthrough collection, Beat Street, reflects his past playing in Warand conjures the mighty Tower of Power. The eleven-song record showcases Braun collaborating with some of the finest instrumental artisans including Koz, charismatic keyboardist Brian Culbertson (Back To Back), sax heavyweight Euge Groove (Take Me To The River and Dr. Funkenstein), fusion pioneer Jeff Lorber (Delta and Radar), old soul singer Elliott Yamin (Take Me To The River) and keyboardist-arranger Philippe Saisse, who played on five tunes, co-penned the title track and authored the disc’s lone ballad, the beauty Another Kind of Blue.
buy Misoprostol pills no prescriptionCan You Feel It instinctively brings Rick Braun back full circle, an offering guaranteed to satiate listeners who have been on the carousel with the multidimensional horn man while luring new ones to climb aboard. There is a crisp freshness and vibrancy evident in the new material mirroring the great pleasure he derives from making it. The devoted family man feels most comfortable when surrounded by friends while making funk-enriched contemporary jazz using live instrumentation. “It is a return to who I’ve been for so many years,” Braun concludes. “It is a return to being funky. It felt like it was time to keep the funk element alive and well. I’m grateful that people still want to hear what I have to say [musically]. That’s beautiful and miraculous.”
“Yes Rick, I Can Feel It, you, and your crew. Oo-we-baby Can You Feel It is sweet, it knocks you off your feet. I love the grooves, the funk, and the fun of hearing you and your friends break it down and bring the pain. Way to go Mr. Braun! Highly recommended … ABYSSJazz!”
You can feel his genuine sense of gratitude as much as you can feel the joy he pours into his music and the fun he has creating it. On Can You Feel It, Rick Braun fondly conjures the spirit of Beat Street in a return to his jazz-funk roots while continuing to record and collaborate with old and new musical friends.
The first video from Can You Feel It is a live in-studio performance of Get Up And Dance featuring Euge Groove, Enjoy!