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Kisses in the Rain
Rick Braun
Kisses in the Rain
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Trumpeter Rick Braun's first recording for Warner Bros. is an agreeable, low-key affair, one perhaps more notable for its covers than its original material. Braun makes an especially sagacious choice in selecting Bill With...  more »

     
   
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All Artists: Rick Braun
Title: Kisses in the Rain
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 6
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/1/2001
Re-Release Date: 2/27/2001
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Smooth Jazz, Soul, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093624799429, 0093624799467, 081227784560, 936247994294

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Trumpeter Rick Braun's first recording for Warner Bros. is an agreeable, low-key affair, one perhaps more notable for its covers than its original material. Braun makes an especially sagacious choice in selecting Bill Withers's smoldering "Use Me" for this disc, creating a playfully seductive interpretation that makes the tune appear almost custom-crafted for Braun's trumpet and flugelhorn. He later embellishes Leon Russell's "Song for You" with modest hip-hop textures, employing Shai to lend a soulful touch to the vocals. Meanwhile, Braun's own material is stylish and urbane, though some might argue that his sound here is more competent than compelling. Guitarists Norman Brown ("Car Wash 2000") and Peter White (the title track) take guest spins but ignite few sparks. Braun's best moments come when he layers some imaginative lines over the languid melody of "Middle of the Night," then later gently closes the shades with the final piece, the tender "Emma's Song." Feel like discovering a little-known but hugely deserving talent on flugelhorn? Take a chance on Platypus by London-born musician Gerald Presencer. --Terry Wood

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"Braun is smooth with the grooves"
J. Lovins | Missouri-USA | 03/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Warner Bros. gives us "smooth-grooves" featuring our favorite artist Rick Braun (flugelhorn/trumpet) - "Kisses In The Rain", many tracks composed by Rick, Paul Brown, David Woods, Johnny Britt, Roberto Vally, Leon Russell and Ricky Peterson - they become standards the more you hear them. Of course there are stand outs - "KISSES IN THE RAIN", funky with a latin rhythmic beat, Braun is great on trumpet - featuring acoustic guitar fingering by Peter White, outstanding track..."MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT", great haunting arrangement by Paul Brown, the melody lingers and penetrates your inner-most thoughts.Entire album is a keeper, and that "jazz-collectors" is my final answer...an awesome performance by one and all - RICK BRAUN!Total Time: 43:21 on 10 Tracks...Warner Bros. 9 47994 2...(2001)"
A funkier sound for Rick Braun
William S. Shapiro | Brighton, MA USA | 02/28/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"You get the sense of which direction Kisses in the Rain is headed right away from the first track, Car Wash 2000. It's a straight up funk piece of music and shows that Braun wants to give this outing a funkier feel than his past couple of albums which leaned more in the direction of pop smooth jazz. The sound is continued throughout the album, most notably on Grover's Groove and on one of the two vocal tracks It's Your World.The album is also a mellower affair than in the past, with more ballads like Kisses in the Rain and Middle of the Night standing out as smooth tracks that Braun's fans have come to know & love. I still say that Full Stride is his best, but if you've been a fan of Rick Braun, you will enjoy this album. And if you haven't but are looking for something with a little more spice than the average smooth jazz sound, you'll also enjoy it."
Rick Braun's Kisses in the Rain?
J. Davis | Amherst, NY USA | 03/01/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I'm not very impressed. I couldn't wait to receive this latest CD, but I would have to say that I'm disappointed. He's beginning to sound more commercialized. This is very much like canned music. Don't get me wrong, there's still some of his classic style, pizzaz and upbeat rythms, but it sounds more like synthesized stuff with him in the forefront.All in all, this was my least favorite Rick Braun CD."