Four years in the making, Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch’s “Madera Latino” (Latin Wood) project, exploring the music of jazz innovator and master trumpeter Woody Shaw in a Latin Jazz format, is finally ready for release. Help Brian get this exciting project, featuring today's top jazz trumpeters, out to the public!
The music of the late, great Woody Shaw (1944-1989) - an innovative and highly individual musical lexicon, expressed through both his chosen instrument of trumpet and his equally distinguished compositions - set a standard of excellence and modernity that has not been surpassed in the 50 years since he first came onto the jazz scene. For trumpet players, he still stands as the alpha and omega of the progressive sensibility in African-American classic music. Shaw’s expansive vision as a composer and artist encompassed the breadth of Afro-diasporic musical expression, as evidenced by the frequent use of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian rhythms in his work, alongside his explorations of modernist harmony and melody and his constant engagement with the core values of the jazz sensibility; that is to say, telling a story and swinging!
Madera Latino is an exploration of this giant’s music as viewed through the lens of authentic Afro-Caribbean rhythm and framed by the loving treatment of his compositions in virtuosic Latin Jazz style by Grammy© Award winning trumpeter Brian Lynch. It is also a heartfelt tribute to the genius of Woody by a all star lineup of today’s top trumpeters: Lynch, Sean Jones, Dave Douglas, Diego Urcola, Michael Rodriguez, Etienne Charles, Josh Evans, and Philip Dizack. In trumpet combinations from duo to quartet, these eminent horns explore Shaw classics including In A Capricornian Way, Tomorrow’s Destiny, Zoltan, Song Of Songs, Sweet Love Of Mine, and more, along with two original pieces - one a extended suite - written by Lynch in salute to the profound influence Woody has had on him as a player and composer.
The band for Madera Latino fulfills the promise of Lynch’s audacious concept with élan, precision, and joyous creativity. Percussionists Pedrito Martinez and Little Johnny Rivero, along with bassist Luques Curtis, were integral to the success of Lynch’s 2006 CD Simpático, a Grammy@ Award winner in the Latin Jazz category. Add drummer Obed Calvaire, percussionist Anthony Carrillo, and pianist Zaccai Curtis, and a mighty rhythm section emerges to spur and challenge the trumpeters to their utmost efforts in praise of Shaw.
Your support will fund the production of an exclusive deluxe edition of Madera Latino, limited to 1000 copies of the 2 CD set.* This deluxe edition will feature a illustrated booklet including essays about Woody by the eminent trumpet participants and premium quality packaging, both not found in the regular edition. Your support will also fund the promotional expenses so important to ensure the attention this music deserves, and defray the royalty payments on Woody’s compositions for these new recordings.
"The combination of Woody’s music and the Afro-Caribbean clave concept was always a natural to me”, states Lynch. “I'm very happy, after many years of thinking about this idea, to finally be able to actualize this tribute to my musical hero, Woody Shaw, in the distinguished company of these amazing trumpeters and my musical family.”
"I am very proud of what Brian has done with this project, and particularly of the depth of sincerity and the meticulousness with which he has treated the re-interpretation of Woody Shaw's original works within the Afro-Latino idiom. My respect and gratitude go out to the musicians on this recording for keeping the spirit of this music - and of one of its last great innovators - alive and strong in the 21st century.” Woody Louis Armstrong Shaw, III
* Regular edition of Madera Latino to be released Sep. 26, 2016
Risks and challenges
This will be my (and Hollistic MusicWorks's) third Kickstarter project. I've learned a lot in the process of having the previous two projects successfully funded, not least that the challenges of fully completing a project can skew carefully considered schedules. Indeed, I am still tying up the remaining loose ends from my past projects (past contributors reading this take note and PLEASE answer your surveys to I can complete your reward fulfillment!)
This project will be pretty straight ahead in terms of its basic fulfillment. The CD is ready to go to the manufacturer, so I'm confident about getting the CD out on schedule or even before. The downloads are ready to go immediately on successful funding of the project. The only challenge I see on this project is in the timeline of getting the new HMW site up and running for those contributors who have subscriptions as part of their rewards, but I think I will be close to hitting the mark of a February 2017 launch for that feature.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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