All n' all, Braun has made a perfectly acceptable album of contemporary smooth jazz and if you're into that sort of thing you might even enjoy it, but will you remember any of it after it stops playing? If your expectations are this will be pleasant, but not particulary adventuresome, those expectations will be met with Around The Horn. It's not bad enough to actively dislike and not good enough to merit a rave. This one Is okay and sometimes okay is as good as it gets.
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…
Bernd Kistenmacher is a German producer and musician specialised in spherical "kosmische" synthscapes. He started his career in the 80's with a handful of sonic, epic synthesized electronic efforts taking inspiration from Klaus Schulze and the Berlin electronic school. His musical releases deliver complex, achieved floating dreamy-like melodies floating throw deep cerebral spaces. Published in 1987, "Wake up in the sun" can be considered among his classic albums. He also collaborated with the drummer and synthesist Harald Grosskopf (Wallenstein, Klaus Schulze, The Cosmic Jockers…) for the long piece "Stadtgarten Live". In 1988 Bernd created "Musique Intemporelle" - a label, which, although didn't last long, managed to gain a cult status among EM connoisseurs.
A superb combination at this live event, held 1991 in Cologne. The two musicians joined their forces to create an outstanding work of Berlin School / rhythm and drum music. 3 long pieces show a good expresion of the evening. Overall, a synth album with plenty of live atmosphere, an attractive and unusual emphasis on live drums, and involving variations from abstract to highly integrated sounds.
Stephan Braun gilt als einer der interessantesten jungen Musiker in der europäischen Jazzszene. Er spielte Konzerte mit bekannten Musikern und Ensembles, u.a. Don Thomson, Kristjan Randalu, Annamateur, Etta Scollo, Melody Gardot, Nils Landgren, Till Brönner, Gil Goldstein, der NDR-Bigband und dem Berliner Ensemble. Mit dem CD-Debut seines Trios klärt er ein für alle Mal die Frage, was die wahre Domain des Violoncellos im Jazz ist: der Groove. Im Frühjahr 2012 ist die CD „Façon“ seines Duos „deep strings“ bei nrw-Records erschienen.
Bernd Kistenmacher is a german producer and musician specialised in spherical "kosmische" synthscapes. He started his career in the 80's with a handful of sonic, epic synthezised electronic efforts taking inspiration from Klaus Schulze and the Berlin electronic school. His musical releases deliver complex, achieved floating dreamy-like melodies floating throw deep cerebral spaces.
Rick Braun is known for making his trumpet do the singing. Although he has used his voice, like he did with the popular “Love Will Find a Way” from Body and Soul, he has never made it the focal point of a recording. That changes with Sings With Strings.Braun has chosen for this set 11 vocal ballads – several well-known standards as well as a few obscure titles. In addition to singing, he plays flugelhorn.