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In the ‘60s, artists such as Horace Silver, Ramsey Lewis, and Cannonball Adderly incorporated elements of R&B, blues, and gospel into their sound; the popular style came to be known as Soul Jazz. Trumpeter and composer Maurice Brown is doing something similar in the 21st century as he subtly brings elements of modern R&B and hip-hop into his music. On 2010’s The Cycle of Love, Brown fronts a quintet that includes tenor saxophonist Derek Douget, pianist Chris Rob, drummer Joe Blaxx, and bassist Solomon Dorsey. The opener, “Fly By Night,” delights with a theme that, at points, seems to slow down before speeding back up. The catchy “Good Vibrations” has a soulful vibe, while on “Time Tick Tock” zigzagging horn lines dance over the locked-in rhythm, and Brown’s trumpet hints at Miles Davis. “Merry Go Round” has a sense of forward motion that evokes an amusement park ride turning in slow motion. “Lovely” is a nice, old school-style ballad, while the title cut spotlights another one of Brown’s striking heads. Throughout the album, solos are sharply focused; there isn’t a wasted note in earshot.

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True jazz is still alive

This is what jazz is suppose to be. Trumpet player Maurice Brown uses the trumpet the same way a writer uses a pen. His music creates a detailed story in the minds of the listener. His ability to allow his trumpet to set mood is nothing short of immaculate. This is a must buy for any true connoissuer of jazz culture. Do your thang babyboy, do your thang!

Another Album that needs to be recognized !!!!!!!

Maurice has done it again, if you are a fan of jazz or not a fan, this album is a must buy. It saddens me that this genre of music is not well respected like some of the crap that is played on the radio today. I give this album 10 stars not only because I know Maurice but I know how much work this boy has been puttin in to get this album to the masses. Cycle of Love another masterpiece added to Maurice Brown's stellar resume !!!!

The Cycle of Love

In love with The Cycle of Love. Maurice has written the most beautiful melodies that stick with you long after the song has ended while staying true to his pure jazz roots with interesting harmonies and delightful rhythmic surprises. My favorite track is "Lovely" - a beautifully haunting accomplishment that will appeal to jazz purists and contemporary listeners alike. My favorite thing about Maurice is that the connection between body and instrument is always pure and fluid, I think his trumpet is truly an extension of his soul. I will be listening to this for years and years…


Born: January 6, 1981 in Harvey, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

One of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene, Maurice Brown was born on January 6, 1981, in Harvey, IL. Showing a remarkable affinity for the trumpet, Brown performed with Ramsey Lewis at the Symphony Center in Chicago while still a student at Hillcrest High School. Following graduation, he received a full scholarship to attend Northern Illinois University, and later continued his studies at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, where he worked with famed clarinetist Alvin Batiste....
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