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Workin It by Eric Bolvin

Trumpeter Eric Bolvin has performed and recorded with some of the more familiar names in jazz, including Russell Ferrante, Dave Weckl and Jerry Bergonzi. Workin' It is the follow up to Bolvin's 2007 release The Night, The Rain and You and delivers a stellar set of eleven of the trumpeter's originals and three covers.

From the opening tones of the title track, a bouncy groove with a Crusaders vibe, Bolvin reveals himself as a warm-toned trumpeter who phrases candidly with soulful discretion. The San Francisco-based musician skillfully weaves melody and solo through 14 tracks, blending jazz and funk with a musical maturity seldom heard in today's over-saturated smooth jazz market.

Bolvin's original tunes are lyrical, groove-oriented vehicles for improvised flourishes from the leader and his first-rate cast of sidemen. Stand-out tracks include "Time Bomb," with Chris Cain's blistering guitar and Myron Dove's punchy electric bass, the Latin-inspired "Belita" and "One for Mike," a Yellowjackets-sounding piece with the deep-pocketed backbeat of famed drummer Dennis Chambers. The disc includes memorable versions of two lesser-known Stevie Wonder tunes ("Rocket Love" and "It Ain't No Use") and Donald Fagen's "Maxine." The latter features jazz-fusion legend Jeff Lorber on piano.

Workin' It is a solid funk affair with enough hip grooves and tasty licks to satisfy the more discriminating contemporary jazz listener.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Eric Bolvin
  • CD Title: Workin It
  • Genre: Smooth Jazz
  • Year Released: 2009
  • Record Label: EBjazz Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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