Russell Gunn

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": jazz trumpet the bass neo-bop jazz-funk Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

1973, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Trumpeter/composer Gunn first came to the attention of the jazz audience by appearing on Wynton Marsalis’ Blood On the Fields and with leaders Oliver Lake and Jimmy Heath, among others. Gunn has also contributed his talents to rock and pop performances, appearing on Lou Reed’s Set The Twilight Reeling and Maxwell’s Embrya and Unplugged. Gunn is singular among young jazz players - he draws heavily upon tradition, but unlike many of the 90s ‘reboppers’, he is not stuck in the mid-60s. His sound owes a lot to Freddie Hubbard, Miles Davis and Booker Little. The underrated Little, according to Gunn, is a major influence on his writing on Love Requiem. A concept album, comprising a nine-part suite chronicling the end of a love affair, it ranges from dark, modal post-bop to haunting, elegant voicings (reminiscent of early 60s Oliver Nelson) to raging, cathartic free passages. His other albums are fairly straight...

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