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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Single review - Album to follow: Brian Newman - Sunday in New York

Brian Newman (trumpet/vocal); Steve Kortyka (tenor/flute); Alex Smith (piano/keys); Daniel Foose (bass guitar); Paul Francis (drums/perc.)
(Review by Lance).
Brian Newman hadn't previously registered on my radar although if I'd been following Lady Gaga, as so many of you do, Newman wouldn't have been an unfamiliar name.
La Gaga connection goes back to when he was working as a bartender in a downtown club in NYC (this is the stuff that dreams are made of!) back in 2003 and became friends with the superstar. Move forward in time to 2015 and the Gaga/Tony Bennett Cheek to Cheek tour. Newman was on that and when the duo recorded Lady is a Tramp on the Duets 11album, it was Brian Newman who blew the trumpet solo.

Now, he's signed up to release an album on Verve under his own name and this  audio clip is a very appetising taster.
Uptempo, faster than previous versions, hip vocal, piano keeps the ball in play then, ALAKAZAM! trumpet comes in like Roy Eldridge on a good day which, as us older guys will testify to, is a very good day indeed! tenor blows a 'where have you been all my life' solo and bass and drums round things off nicely for Newman to throw in a few bars vocalese before going to bed. That was quite a Sunday, that Sunday in New York!
Can't wait for the album to be released.
Watch this space!
Lance.

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