125

Justin Time Records Continues Its Commitment to Quality and Diversity With The Release of Three New CDs: Russell Gunn's Ethnomusicology, Vol.2; This is Carmen Lundy; and It's Wonderful by the Susie Arioli Swing Band featuring Jordan Officer

SOURCE:

Sign in to view read count
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

This story appears courtesy of All About Jazz Publicity.
Copyright © 2021. All rights reserved.

For interview requests or more information contact .

Post a comment

Tags

Jazz News

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.