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Beat Street
Rick Braun
Beat Street
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop
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All Artists: Rick Braun
Title: Beat Street
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Mesa / Bluemoon
Original Release Date: 6/6/1995
Release Date: 6/6/1995
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop
Style: Smooth Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 075679255921

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T. Frantz | Grapevine, TX United States | 06/12/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Other reviewers have said it, but its worth repeating: This is a CD that gets better with age. If all smooth jazz was the quality of Braun's Beat Street, it wouldn't have the sometimes elevator, saccharine reputation artists like Kenny G have given it. I have been paring down my extensive collection of Jazz, going mp3 library with those I like, selling off the rest; but Beat Street is NOT leaving my collection.

This set has so much going for it: Unfettered creativity, sweet melodies, great guest appearances, excellent interplay between artists, interesting diversity, haunting sounds, to funky beats. Philadelphia is a deservedly widely played, popular track off Beat Street, but this is not the only top tier song on the CD. Most are. Most of the songs on this CD are better than the best on most smooth jazz albums.

I haven't been that impressed with Braun's collected work, but on this one, it all came together."
Russell Diederich | Littleton, CO United States | 11/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Rick Braun is probably one of the best smooth jazz trumpeters out there, and it can definitely be heard on "Beat Street". This album focuses around the trumpet, and is perfect for those who enjoy those crystal clear notes ringing from the bell. Braun has quite a range on the horn and is able to pick notes out of both registers with ease. His solos are well formed and don't lose sight of the song. He plays with such an elegant ease, yet is able to attack with force. "I'll Be There for You" is a great track that symbolizes everything about this musician. The album opens with "Groovis" where Braun and guest sax-man, Boney James, trade licks back and forth over a funky wah guitar rhythm. For "Papa Dee" Braun pops a mute into the bell and takes up double-duty on the keys. He plays with an idea, and then expands on that idea, but always returning to that original idea. His solos don't lose the melody, and even though he's blowing his brains out to reach high notes, it all fits together. The bluesy "Club Harlem" opens with the deep frequencies of a double bass, and guitarist Peter White's beautiful acoustic work backed by Braun's mournful wails. Braun's solo is smooth and perfect as he trades measures with White. White and Braun has always been a good collaboration and is worth checking out on White's "Caravan of Dreams". Another great guitarist, Jeff Golub, appears on three tracks "Philadelphia", "Cadillac Slim", and "Marty's Party". He's another one that can roll solos off the fretboard without trying. His phrasing is clear and meaningful, even when he's rattling off sixteenth notes and faster. It's fun to listen to them play off each other on these cuts."
Definately 5 star
Russell Diederich | 12/29/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Yup, its a "5 star" CD! I listen to it again and again. Its sorta Miles Davis. And I love the "funk" guitar rifts that are sprinkled throughout the cuts. Rick's best so far, I think."