Brian Swartz Quartet – To Be With You

For the first time and for his fifth album, trumpeter Brian Swartz gives voice, with 4 original songs (“To Be With You”, “I Could Fall In Love With Her”, “Who’s Bob?” And “Old Friends ”), 2 instrumentals (“ Jane’s Domain ”and“ Molly & Vern ”) and 7 jazz standards. The quartet is made up of Brian Swartz, of course, and Steve Cotter on guitar, Chris Colangelo on bass and Kendall Kay on drums. Also of note were guest artists John Beasley on Fender Rhodes (courtesy Mack Avenue Records), Scott Healy on the Hammond Digital B3 organ and tenor saxophonist Keith Fiddmont. Here is for the decor, but what should be remembered above all is this joie de vivre and this carefree attitude that permeates this album, to the point of making us forget the sad reality of today’s world. Which is not nothing, you will agree …
Even if this CD may seem ‘classic’, it is not and it will certainly become, because there is a rewrite of the known themes which offers a replay and an atmosphere that reminds of Carol Duboc’s first two albums. . Something to celebrate! Needless to say about the quality of trumpeter Brian Swartz, whom all Jazz aficionados know and appreciate greatly. For others, know that Brian Swartz has made several Grammy Award nominated and winning recordings with artists such as “Taking the Long Way” by The Dixie Chicks, which won 5 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, the record of the year and song of the year in February 2007, Beasley’s John Monk’estra who won 4 Grammy nominations in 2 years, the Clayton / Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Scott Healy’s Tentet and the Concert Jazz Kim Richmond Orchestra. Brian Swartz has also performed or recorded with The Goo Goo Dolls, Michael Bublé, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke, Saint Motel, Patti Labelle, Natalie Cole, Dianne Reeves, Ivan Lins, Tom Harrell, Brad Mehldau, Rickie Lee Jones, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Azar Lawrence, Joe Henry, Keb ‘Mo’, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gerry Gibbs, Connie Han, Taylor Eigsti, Raya Yarbrough, The O’Jays, Bob Florence, The Luckman Jazz Orchestra, Francisco Aguabella , Jazz on the Latin Side All Stars by Jose Rizo, and many more… Since 2005, Swartz has proudly occupied the trumpet chair in Oingo Boingo Former Members. He is also a founding member of the Los Angeles Jazz Collective, a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote original jazz in Los Angeles and abroad. A man, an exceptional musician, who will, I think, be delighted to learn that his album has again won the favor of the editors of Bayou Blue Radio and Paris-Move, with the label “Indispensable” more than deserved.

Thierry docmac
Bayou Blue Radio – Paris-Move

PARIS-MOVE, July 25th 2020

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