If one were attempting to design a prototype for the quintessential contemporary musician in the African-American tradition, trumpeter/composer Russell Gunn would be an ideal model. A certified member of the hip-hop generation by age 29 and geography (the hardcore ghetto of East St. Louis), Russell's early aspirations in the world of rap are fully evident in his musical vision.
Applying its energy, spirit and fiercely proud intellectual rage to the jazz idiom, he's created a synthesis that is truly singular and contemporary, exemplified by 1999's excellent Grammy-nominated album, Ethnomusicology Vol. 1.
As the title clearly indicates, Gunn has developed his music from a wide variety of musical influences, predominantly from the African Diaspora, weaving together elements of Cuban, Brazilian, African, D.C.'s Go Go" music, and Hip-Hop into an adventurously progressive jazz style that pays tribute to its tradition while also extending the form.
Ethnomusicology, Vol. 2 features the fluent and full-bodied trombone of Andr
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