by Rick Braun


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The title of the popular trumpeter and composer's latest triumph is a wistful reference to a language created in the late 19th century (by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof, who used the pseudonym "Dr. Esperanto") to facilitate communication between people of different lands and cultures. It's representative of the unique vibe of the collection, which features distinctive Euro influences drawn from the realms of trance, electronica, and acid jazz, with dramatic orchestral touches as well. Before those kick in, however, listeners are treated to an extension of the old-school brassy soul of B.W.B., the Warner Bros. ensemble of Braun, Kirk Whalum, and Norman Brown. "Green Tomatoes" is an old-school, Les McCann-flavored retro-funk explosion written by Braun over a groove and vocoder line originally composed by the popular London-based acid jazz outfit 45 Dip, led by Chris Beeman. Braun's eye for musical collaborations continues, with two tracks co-written and co-produced with keyboard legend Jeff Lorber (the heavy-grooving, Euro-minded "Sir W" and the party-minded free-for-all jam session "Stereo," with saxman Gerald Albright and keyboardist Gregg Karukas) and two with longtime Braun keyboardist Mitch Forman (the exotic and percussive, hip-hop- and jazz fusion-influenced "Zona Rosa" and the poignant two-minute duet closer "Mother's Day," fashioned as a tribute to their late mothers). Another new and highly elegant addition to the Braun production palette is his exploration of the harmonic possibilities of an 18-piece string section on four tracks. Braun's success in smooth jazz is due not only to his phenomenal trumpeting and picture-perfect melodies and grooves. There's always a commitment to new styles and adventures each time out, and the mix is irresistible.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2003
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624828020
catalogNumber: 48280
Rank: 75720

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Braun   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Gerald Albright   Saxophone
Gregg Karukas   Keyboards,Horn Engineer
Ricky Peterson   Organ
Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
Norman Brown   Guitar
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin
Alex Al   Bass
Andre Berry   Bass
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Johnny Britt   fender rhodes
Darius Campo   Violin
Luis Conte   Percussion
Larry Corbett   Celli
Joel Derouin   Violin
Tim Gant   Keyboards
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Rayford Griffin   Drums
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Peter Kent   Violin
Nick Lane   Trombone
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Land Richards   Drums
Mark Robertson   Violin
Todd Sharp   Guitar
Bill Sharpe   Bass
Kirk Whalum   Saxophone
Evan Wilson   Viola
Jimmy Roberts   Saxophone
Susan Chatman   Violin
Forman   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Randy Jacobs   Guitar
Suzie Katayama   Violin
Darrin McCann   Viola
Cameron Patrick   Violin
Dan Smith   Celli
Tony Moore   Drums
Steve Richards   Celli
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Violin

Technical Credits

Gregg Karukas   Engineer
Jeff Lorber   Composer,Programming,Producer
Rick Braun   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Johnny Britt   Composer
Tim Gant   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Nick Lane   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Bill Schnee   Engineer
Todd Sharp   Composer
Bill Sharpe   Composer
Steve Sykes   Engineer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Forman   Composer
Mark Daniels   Composer
Chris Bemand   Composer
45 Dip   Producer
Richard Scane Goodheart   Art Direction,Illustrations
Tony Moore   Arranger,Producer

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Esperanto 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Rick Braun has managed to exude his classy flavor on one of the hottest jazz numbers to hit stores this year. With songs such as Daddy O, Sir W, and The Villa De Costa, just to name my personal favorites, this C.D. belongs in the front of your collection. Believe me, when you own a Rick Braun jam it gets a lot of use because you listen to it all the time. He is one of the rare artists that entertain you throughout the whole C.D. and not just for two or three songs. I still don't know how Rick can continue to crank out fresh innovative songs in what seems to be an effortless fashion. I guess you would call it "smooth". And always expect him to have the best fellow artists on any of his endeavors like Norman Brown and Gerald Albright. That just proves that when your as good as Rick Braun, you must know it, so you don't have to "Toot your own horn" Anyway, thanks to Rick for taking the time to add to my collection again. I will treasure Esperanto forever. Right along with Night Walk, Full Stride and every C.D. he has ever made. You see, I know great music when I hear it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD focuses mainly on trumpet playing, but features many other instruments as well, such as saxaphone, trombone, and various kinds of strings. I would say that in general, his music is getting more complex over the years. This album is a variety of musical styles, such as latin(Latinesque), upbeat jazz(Daddy-O), introspective (Villa di Costa, Zona Rosa) and whimsical (Green Tomatoes, Stereo). Some of my favorite tracks are Latinesque, Daddy-O, Sir W, Villa di Costa, and Turquoise. All in all, an excellent CD.