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Rick Braun: Sings With Strings CD 2011


2011 album from the Smooth Jazz trumpeter and vocalist. Rick Braun can sing, though he has not done to date a full vocal release or even hinted at a recording of this depth and magnitude until now. Boasting a glorious repertoire, superb orchestration and an underlying ambiance that may evince a smile from the spirits of Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker and Nelson Riddle all this along with his warm-hearted flugelhorn throughout Rick’s newest release. This record dances around the definitions of adult pop and invites jazz fans as well as classical crossover lovers to the party, all while demonstrating a first rate sensibility of how strings and singers truly work together with vibrant results. Sings With Strings pays homage to two classics in its title Chet Baker Sings and Clifford Brown with Strings we think Rick has a remarkable new career path alongside his jazz credentials.

Track Listing

 Track #Title
1Time After Time
2I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
3Once Upon a Summertime
4I Thought About You
5It’s Love
6Lucky to Be Me
7Say It
8The Good Life
9I’Ve Never Been in Love Before
10Plus Je T’Embrasse
11The Things We Did Last Summer


Product Reviews

There is a long tradition of jazz trumpeters putting aside their horns and singing into the microphone, dating back to Louis Armstrong and including Chet Baker, and Rick Braun belatedly joins this confraternity on Sings with Strings. Braun has occasionally added background vocals in his sideman work behind the likes of Rod Stewart and Sade, but this is the first time he has sung upfront. He has enlisted Philippe Saisse to come up with the string charts for this collection of standards and, wisely, brought along his fl gelhorn (but not his trumpet) to add to the tracks. Braun certainly doesn’t embarrass himself as a singer. He has a light, breathy tenor that marks him as a sort of little brother to Mel Torm , and he is sufficiently assured to try a few note substitutions and time variations in his warm readings of familiar songs like “Time After Time,” “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was,” and “The Things We Did Last Summer.” He is still much more accomplished as an instrumentalist, of course, and the real jazz comes in with his expressive playing, which generally follows the vocals. Saisse comes in here and there, notably adding a lengthy vibes solo to “It’s Love.” Having established his vocal bona fides, Braun even risks singing in French on “Plus Je T’Embrasse,” while sharing the microphone with Jasmine Roy. The album is not the revelation that Chet Baker Sings was, and it does not suggest that Braun should hock his horns. But it is a more than respectable side project. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi


Rick Braun
Sings with Strings
2 August 2011
~ Discs:1
Artistry ( ARKO )
Compact Disc
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