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Monday, March 8, 2010

Award Winning Modern Jazz Trumpeter Maurice Brown's New Album The Cycle of Love out March 16

“Brown – who grew up in Harvey (IL) - always has shown a knack for penning insinuating melodic hooks. Not surprisingly, then, the tunes from “The Cycle of Love” linger in memory.” –Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“Brown is one of the most exciting young trumpeters in jazz--be it New Orleans or New York. His improvisations are fresh, his chops dynamic and he's writing what could very well become a new generation of hard-bop- meets-new-grooves standards.” -- Jason Koransky, DownBeat Magazine

"Maurice Brown is one of the most talented of his generation. He has the vision to bring a new voice, not only to his instrument, but to jazz in general.”—world renowned musician Terence Blanchard

New York, N.Y. – Renowned trumpeter, composer and bandleader Maurice Brown, whose soulful melodies and improvisational rhythms have been electrifying the music scene since his top ten debut album, “Hip to Bop,” (2004) is releasing his highly anticipated sophomore album titled “The Cycle Of LoveTuesday, March 16th through his record label Brown Records. “Time Tick Tock” is the first single off of the album and can be downloaded for free via his website

Brown describes “The Cycle of Love” as “… my interpretation of the different stages we go through in our quest for true happiness.” In describing the first single off the album “Time Tick Tock,” Brown says, “Time Tick Tock refers to the active mind at work when we take the time to weigh the good and the bad.” “The Cycle of Love” is Brown’s official entry into the crossover music world as he combines a unique mix of contemporary jazz with a hip-hop heartbeat and soulful groove. The album showcases Brown’s talents as a trumpeter, composer, and bandleader, and also puts on display his remarkable, lyrical melodies.

Maurice “Mobetta” Brown has worked with countless jazz greats including Ramsey Lewis, Roy Hargrove, Ellis Marsalis and Curtis Fuller. He has also worked with Aretha Franklin, John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Musiq Soulchild, The Brand New Heavies, The Roots and recently wrapped up a world tour with Laura Izibor. Brown is known for using his signature style which he coined “Hornification” with the aforementioned crossover popular acts. Says Brown, “Hornification is a term I came up with to describe my original horn lines and arrangements. I uniquely pile my horn parts to create a complete horn section. The goal of hornification is to compose expressive horn lines that feel like they were always a part of the song.

Brown’s debut album, “Hip to Bop” received an overwhelming response from both bebop enthusiasts and hip-hop fans and pushed “Hip to Bop” onto the top-ten charts across the country. Born in Chicago, Brown began playing trumpet while still a teen. He developed his skills further when he moved to New Orleans (2001), where he held down a weekly slot at the premiere jazz club in town. He moved to New York in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York where he is preparing for U.S. and International tours this year (dates to be announced).

Additionally, a documentary film featuring Maurice is set to be released later this year. The film, titled “Brass Movement: A Modern Jazz Story” follows Brown’s life as a modern-day jazz musician who overcomes tremendous adversity to become a defining voice of a new hip-hop-jazz movement. The Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium inducted Brown into the Brooklyn Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008 and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Deacon Leroy Applin Young Lion/Lioness Award and the ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards


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