Full Stride

Full Stride

by Rick BraunRick Braun


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A positive, tongue-in-cheek attitude infuses the trumpeter's Full Stride with a certain balmy optimism that contrasts with the dark moods of most of 1997's Body and Soul -- and recalls the deeply grooving, party time atmosphere on his breakthrough Beat Street (1995). His relaxed, fun-seeking attitude is apparent from the start, with the catchy light funk of "A Very Good Thing" recalling the restless spirit of Beat Street's "Marty's Party"; he floats a percussive melody, complete with irresistible pop hooks, over his own tropical vibe harmony (on synth) and Dave Palmer's alternating deep drum groove and insistent high-hat. More Herb Alpert than Miles. Likewise, he teams with keyboardist Brian Culbertson and former Rufus guitarist Tony Maiden (who backs Braun's flügelhorn with an hypnotic clicking wah-wah effect throughout) to reflect the fast-paced street life of "Hollywood and Vine." On "One Love," he combines his muted trumpet with Culbertson's acoustic piano as a harmonic backdrop to a dreamy, swaying flügelhorn melody; the effect is a cool tension beneath a soaring spirit. "China Bath" plays like background music at an Asian massage parlor. Chuck Kentis finds a synth tone that approximates an Oriental stringed instrument, which he touches gracefully behind a gentle conversation by Braun and Peter White's acoustic guitar, all while a bubbly, trip-hop percussion groove rolls in the background. Then there is Moon Calhoun's croaking synth bass backing Braun's give and take with the echoing electric guitar of Bruce Conte. Following the lead of Chet Baker, Braun even doubles his own gentle vocal scat with the horn on "Magic Moment."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/1998
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678314124
catalogNumber: 83141
Rank: 3742

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Braun   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards
Jeff Golub   Guitar
Maysa   Vocals
Boney James   Keyboards
Curtis Brengle   Piano
Moon Calhoun   Percussion
Bruce Conte   Guitar
Brian Culbertson   Keyboards
Jack Daro   Upright Bass
Mitchel Forman   Piano,Electric Piano
David Garfield   Keyboards
Cliff Hugo   Bass,Upright Bass
Chuck Kentis   Keyboards
Nick Lane   Trombone
Tony Maiden   Guitar
John Menzano   Bass
Doug Norwine   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
David Palmer   Drums
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Carl Verheyen   Guitar
Nils Jiptner   Guitar

Technical Credits

Rick Braun   Programming,Producer
Paul Brown   Producer
Moon Calhoun   Programming
Brian Culbertson   Programming,Producer
Chuck Kentis   Arranger,Programming
Nick Lane   Horn Arrangements
David Palmer   Producer
Steve Sykes   Engineer
Thomas Bricker   Art Direction

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