flugelhorn and sometimes also the flute, these are
Toronto based Dave Dunlop's favorite instruments. He
has performed with great musicians like Gino Vannelli,
Aretha Franklin, Michael Buble, Roger Daltrey, & Aaron
Neville and played in over hundred shows.
long and successful time as a musician, he has released a
total of two albums. His debut album was The Hang
(2006), followed by Midnight Gamble, released in
November 2020. Both albums are available at bandcamp.
Insiders of the smooth jazz genre will discover some known
musicians in the credits.
With the opening Fiesta Grande Dave recommends
himself directly as a show act, as is not at all rare among
trumpeters. A successful start. Soulful Strut was a
huge hit of the group Young-Holt Unlimited in 1968.
Especially in the smooth jazz genre this song was often
covered. Most popular versions are by Nick Colionne, Grover
Washington Jr., Kim Waters, Gail Jhonson or Rocco Ventrella.
Dave's rendition shines with a successful arrangement and,
of course, his exceptional solo performance on trumpet.
The title song combines the trumpet performance in muted
and unmuted form in a skillful way and creates the magical
atmosphere that can only be found in the late night hours.
Come Together is the opening song on the Beatles
album Abbey Road (1969). A song with an
idiosyncratic character. Dunlop has accepted the challenge
and mastered it admirably.
As on Espanas Noches,
Herb Albert could sound today if he had continued and
refined his The Tijuna Brass lineage. Quincy Jones composed
and recorded his famous Soul Bossa Nova for the
Big Band Bossa Nova album (1962). The closeness to the
original is refreshing in Dave's interpretation.
Green Eyed Lady is a single by the American rock
band Sugarloaf, released in 1970. Dave gives the old song
new life with a modern arrangement and his blessed trumpet.
On Harvard Ave Michael Massaro is the featured
artist on soprano and tenor sax, sharing the melody with
Dave on trumpet.
People Make the World Go Round
is a song written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed, originally
recorded by The Stylistics and released in 1971. Dave
doesn't just deliver a copy, but a refined contemporary
version that reflects his musical personality. Final tune is
The Warmth of Your Touch, the emotional good bye of
a great musician.
Dave Dunlop portrays with Midnight Gamble his
natural habitat as studio and stage musician. He convinces
with an incredible presence and mastery on his favorite
instruments and especially with his perfection in
arrangement, interpretation and composition.
Buy the album at bandcamp
Title: Midnight Gamble
Artist: Dave Dunlop
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: DoubleDee Records
1) Fiesta Grande (3:00)
2) Soulful Strut (3:37)
Midnight Gamble (3:32)
4) Come Together (4:06)
6) Soul Bossa Nova (3:23)
7) Green Eyed Lady
8) Harvard Ave (4:36)
9) People Make the World Go
10) The Warmth of Your Touch (4:33)
Flugelhorn, Flute (1) Programming, Arrangements
Wilson Laurencian (1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10)
Steve Heathcote (5)
Bass- Peter Bleakney (1,2,4,6,7,10)
Russ Boswell (5)
Guitar- Dave Gray
Peter Mueller (3)
Carlos Lopes (5)
Keyboards- Brigham Phillips (1,2,4,6,7,10)
Gord Sheard (5)
Trombone- Peter Hysen (1,6)
Flute, Baritone, Tenor Sax- Simon Wallis (6)
Soprano & Tenor Sax- Michael Massaro (8,10)