Haynes - Can You Hear Me?
Haynes is an established musician. He was a member of the acid-jazz
Soul". Liquid Soul "sweeps the mold and mildew
out of jazz-funk and breathes it back to glorious life" (Beat
magazine). While this group may be only known by insiders, Ron's work
with producer and keyboardist Ramsey Lewis ( Urban Knights IV) is his
first step into lime light. One can also listen to Ron's music on the
project "Urban Knights Presents the Chicago Project" and
Mike Manson's album "The
Buttom Line". Ron's new album "Can You Hear Me?"
was released in 2003 and is his second solo album after "Cool
Work" (1997), which is already out of stock.
Ron is often compared with smooth jazz trumpet players
Rick Braun and Roy Hargrove, but he presents his own style. My first
impression of his new album was electrifying, fascinating and
Ron's glittering trumpet mixed with a solid rhythm
and a funky brass section makes a vivid Lil Bit.
Highly addictive and relaxed.
Lonely Bird's grooving
and shuffling Urban beat reminds me at Ron's "Chicago
Project". Ron plays a progressive jazz on his muted trumpet.
Perfect the brass arrangement. Definitely first choice is also Tim
Gant's work on keyboards.
The funk goes on with Keep It
Real. Will Howard on bass sets his own landmark. But this song
is getting hot with the brass refrain. All is kicked by Ron's trumpet
solo. That's the best piece in 2004.
PMI (Party Man International)
shows up imaginative artistry. Ron mixed some turntable scratching
with his well proved brass section. Over all his trumpet.
More delightful music with Way
Too Coo. Buddy Fambro on his guitar finds my attention. He is
also the guitar player on "Urban Knights Presents the Chicago
Project". His band is the Chicago group "Rankinfyle".
is featuring Simone, the daughter of Nina
Simone. I hope she will soon step out of the shadow of her great
mother and let us hear more of her phenomenal voice. This piece has
its own quality and is perfectly tailored to her vocal personality.
Another absolute highlight and zenith on this album.
Boogie reminds me a bit at Herb Alpert's "North on South
St". Up beat jazz and hip-hop combined to a contemporary brew.
The beauty of Ron Haynes' flugel
horn play shines on Flugel Blue.
Straight No Chaser is a jazz
classic originally released by Thelonious Monk on his album "5 by
Monk by 5". Ron's brass playing is tight.
Answering Ron's question "Can
You Hear Me" with a loud "Yeah" I absolutely recommend
this album as the hottest piece of trumpet in this year.