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Album Review

Trumpeter Russell Gunn remembers the breakup of a love affair on this CD, a nine-part suite. His writing recalls Booker Little a bit, while his trumpet playing is closer to Freddie Hubbard's. The first part of the suite is reasonably happy ("In the Beginning: Love") and then, in sections with titles such as "Deceit," "Psychosis" and "Torment," the music gets rather stormy and downbeat. The final part, "Acceptance," finds him finally coming to terms with the relationship's end. Fortunately, the music itself is not overly gloomy, with heated and sometimes intense soloing from altoist Myron Walden, tenor-saxophonist Mark Turner and the McCoy Tyner-inspired pianist, James Hurt, keeping the proceedings moving. Also on this date is Greg Tardy (one appearance apiece on flute and tenor), vibraphonist Stefon Harris, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Cindy Blackman. The ambitious project is successful (this was Russell Gunn's best recording up to this point) although one wishes that there were some joyful sections to the suite too that remembered the glorious part of the romance.


Born: 1973 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

Trumpeter/multi-instrumentalist Russell Gunn was born and raised in Illinois; weaned on rap, he turned to jazz in his professional pursuits, although hip-hop remained a primary influence on his work. First attracting the attention of critics and audiences through his contributions to Wynton Marsalis' Blood on the Fields, Gunn also backed the likes of Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, James Moody, and R&B hitmaker Maxwell, appearing on the latter's MTV Unplugged session. After a handful of independent releases,...
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Love Requiem, Russell Gunn
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  • 8,91 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 15 January 1998

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