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Trumpeter Russell Gunn gained some attention for his desire to mix jazz together with hip-hop and other styles. Blue on the D.L. however is a change of pace. Gunn mostly sticks to hard bop on this set, exploring nine different blues-based tunes with a sextet also featuring tenor saxophonist J.D. Allen, pianist Orrin Evans, and guitarist Mark Whitfield. Whether the song was composed by Blue Mitchell, Clifford Brown, Charlie Parker, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Kelly, or Miles Davis or whether it is a group original, the music is essentially comprised of bebop blues. Gunn shows that he is quite comfortable in this jam session-type setting and that he could keep up with the Hargroves and Nicholas Paytons of his generation if that was the main intent of his career. Blue on the D.L. is easily recommended to straight-ahead jazz collectors.


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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Blue On the D.L., Russell Gunn
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: May 05, 2002

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