Sings with Strings

Sings with Strings

by Rick Braun

CD

Overview

There is a long tradition of jazz trumpeters putting aside their horns and singing into the microphone, dating back to Louis Armstrong and including Chet Baker, and Rick Braun belatedly joins this confraternity on Sings with Strings. Braun has occasionally added background vocals in his sideman work behind the likes of Rod Stewart and Sade, but this is the first time he has sung upfront. He has enlisted Philippe Saisse to come up with the string charts for this collection of standards and, wisely, brought along his flügelhorn (but not his trumpet) to add to the tracks. Braun certainly doesn't embarrass himself as a singer. He has a light, breathy tenor that marks him as a sort of little brother to Mel Tormé, and he is sufficiently assured to try a few note substitutions and time variations in his warm readings of familiar songs like "Time After Time," "I Didn't Know What Time It Was," and "The Things We Did Last Summer." He is still much more accomplished as an instrumentalist, of course, and the real jazz comes in with his expressive playing, which generally follows the vocals. Saisse comes in here and there, notably adding a lengthy vibes solo to "It's Love." Having established his vocal bona fides, Braun even risks singing in French on "Plus Je T'Embrasse," while sharing the microphone with Jasmine Roy. The album is not the revelation that Chet Baker Sings was, and it does not suggest that Braun should hock his horns. But it is a more than respectable side project.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/02/2011
Label: Artistry Music
UPC: 0181475702528
catalogNumber: 7025

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Braun   Primary Artist,Flugelhorn,Vocals
David Finck   Acoustic Bass
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Philippe Saisse   Percussion,Piano
Adam Klemens   Conductor
Jasmine Roy   Vocals
Johan Renard   Violin,Soloist

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Sacha Distel   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Patrick Juvet   Producer,Engineer
Don Heckman   Liner Notes
Frank Loesser   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Jack Reardon   Composer
Philippe Saisse   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Eddie Barclay   Composer
Steve Genewick   Engineer,Pro-Tools
Denny Stilwell   Executive Producer
Eddy Marnay   Composer
Steve Salani   Engineer
Jasmine Roy   Vocal Producer
Ben Ryan   Composer
Vit Kral   Engineer
John Potoker   Engineer
Francois Boutault   Vocal Engineer
Max François   Composer
Timothy Zach   Art Direction
Gretchen Valade   Executive Producer

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