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…
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.
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.