The highly anticipated release from trumpeter Cindy Bradley is due to hit the streets June 21st and is guaranteed to be one of your favorites of the year. It is the follow up to her highly successful Bloom
CD which made a large splash in the smooth jazz world in 2009. There’s so much to offer here as she shows her range in straight ahead, hip hop, and soulful, while allowing her band to shine as well. The addition of saxophonist Tim Veeder is a step up, and he adds a lot to the project. Portions of the disc are separated by interludes that have the artist traveling from one place to another.
The first “Prelude” leads the way to the exciting single called “Massive Transit” as Cindy walks into a club while she’s out on the town. It’s a real foot tapper from the beginning and is one you’ve heard on the radio quiet often. Says Bradley, “We call it “Massive Transit” because of the extreme amounts of traveling I did last year. I was constantly on red-eyes and going from one job to the next. So that’s where it’s got its name, but really, really fun different track.” There is a lot going on in the composition with the driving beat that turns into a virtual playground for Bradley’s trumpet. Veeder’s strong sax solo only adds to the excitement. I love that she starts with the first single because you’re hooked right away and want to listen to it all. The next “Interlude” goes right into “Footprints” which is more of a straight ahead song with muted horn. It has a little touch of Miles in it while continuing to move along at a nice pace. She also allows the keys and sax to show off before laying down some footprints of her own. Says Bradley, “So I really wanted to do a couple standards that I’ve always liked playing and then kind of make them my own. Make them a little bit funkier a little bit different.” The soulful “You Don’t Know What Love Is” keeps the same theme as the previous, but slows down the pace considerably. The piano introduction gives way to Cindy’s muted trumpet and showcases her talents.
Showing her versatility, she gets out her flugelhorn for the lightly simple “Lifted.” The pace here is not rushed, and her sound is pure when put in contrast of the acoustic guitar work of Thano Sahnas. It flows well into “A New Day” which showcases the fluglehorn once more. The second “Interlude” has the trumpeter getting into her car, changing a few radio stations, and heading into a funky number called “Deja Blue.” This one rocks from the beginning and is a showcase for the band. After featuring some of the members, it comes back into the catchy chorus that will have your head bopping through out until the exciting ending. “Pink Slip” picks up where the last one left off, and is a lot of fun to listen to as well. Crank up the organ along with some sax from Veeder and you can take this one to the end with an exclamation mark!
The final “Interlude” slows down the pace for the heartfelt “One Moment More” which comes from the heart and is an excellent closer for this Unscripted release. The emotion is drawn from this Mindy Smith tune which was written for her mother who was dying of cancer. Cindy had both a grandmother as well as her own mother who had the disease, and the song was an emotional experience for her as well. “Right around when I recorded the song Mike Broening wanted me to pick a song that I just couldn’t listen to without tearing up or crying. That was the one I picked and then we made that special to me because of that.” You can feel that emotion in each note.
There is a reason why Cindy Bradley won several smooth jazz awards this year, and she proves her worth with this second release. I like this one a lot, and I really believe it will be one of the top CD’s of the year. Concept albums don’t come along very often, and this one flows together really well. Be sure to pick up a copy as soon as you can.