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THE ROUGH GUIDE TO JAZZ 2005

"Damon Brown is a superb musician with a unique voice on both trumpet and Flugelhorn" Ian Carr

THE VIRGIN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAZZ
(THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF POPULAR MUSIC)

"Damon Brown plays with a warmth and fluidity that allows him to find considerable variations from the norm , therefore making his work worthy of attention.
His thoughtfull and attentive playing always demonstrares his ability to find greater emotional depths.
Browns playing skills are such that he is able to blend his seemingly disparate influences and create original and entertaining contemporary music that defies pigeonholing.
A gifted composer..."

THE PENGUIN GUIDE TO JAZZ ON RECORD 6th EDITION

"Brown plays some exhultant solos ...a trumpet player who likes to make every part of the line count "


A BIGGER PICTURE

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"It is a brave trumpeter who starts a record with a slow-burning modal blues, with all the historical jazz baggage that comes with the style, but Brown is more than up to the challenge,his careful placement of notes and restrained emotion producing a powerful eight minute opener. "Botswana " shows off his skills at a faster pace, again restrained in his statements, but he can burn when needs must with almost Lester Bowie-like impact. His trumpet and horn lines carry all tunes, but the contrast between his considered approach and the rumbustious attacl of Ed Jones on the title track and the aptly titled "Jousting in 3", and of the duelling saxophonists John Miles and Christian Brewer on "Pete Parker's Revenge", adds an edge to proceedings. Pianist Leon Greening stands out for fiesty lines {the leader is no slouch himself on his unacccompanied if brief Eezer) while Ben Hazelton and drummer Rochford are more than supportive.Strong compositions by the leader make this an exeptionaly strong and impressive release from someone I want to hear much more of.
Simon Adams.JAZZ JOURNAL.

"Damon Browns writing and playing now has a ring of real authority.This is Browns show and his trumpet and flugelhorn solos sparkle with relaxed skill."
Jack Massarik.THE EVENING STANDARD

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"By any standards Damon Brown is a aplendid Jazz trumpeter,
a genuinely exiting new voice in European Jazz. Damon Brown is a vastly accomplished young trumpet player and composer."
Dave Gelly. THE OBSERVER.

"Damon Brown and his friends play with real fire".
Jerome Wilson CADENCE MAGAZINE

" For me there is no other trumpet player in the UK who can come near to Damon Brown".
Trudy Squires, NOTTINGHAM POST.

"Damon Brown is a young and rising Star .He can be swift but never looses his lyrical line. He writes a pretty tune too".
Peter Bacon, BIRMINGHAM POST.

"Damon Brown is one of those well trained students of Jazz who hears the music all the way to its core. He has a bright and gleaming tone , a superbly poised attack and a fine rhythmic sense".
John Fordham, THE GUARDIAN.

"Damon Brown injected an astonishing range of colour and emotion into the briefest phrases , coaxing softly seductive whispers from the trumpet before suddenly letting loose with hard gleaming clarion calls".
James Griffis, THE GUARDIAN.

"Excellent young British hard bop and postbop trumpeter with a good sound, poised solo methods and hard swing."
THE GUARDIAN.

"One of the UK's most versatile younger musicians".
Chris Parker,THE TIMES.

"Outstanding playing and composing. Fresh, original and to the point".
lan Carr - Recording artist, jazz writer and biographer.

BLUES ON THE RUN
THE GUARDIAN, Feb. 9th 2002

Damon Brown is the young British trumpeter who made a powerful impression Betsson with his debut album 'A Rhythm Indicative' in 1998. Brown's trumpet sound echoes the pristine-toned, melodically poised approach of the late Clifford Brown, and he unfolds solos with a measured step that confirms a quiet confidence. Tim Garland's fleet and intricate tenor-playing (at times suggesting a more patient Michael Brecker) is a powerful feature occasionally, and the repertoire tends towards a mix of the various tempos and moods of the Blue Note catalogue's sound in the mid-1960's. It ranges from the upbeat swagger of the classic small hard-bop ensembles to the relaxed, Latin-tinged feel of the Herbie Hancock and Joe Henderson bands of that period. Brown's inventive, lightly stepping trumpet improvisations are consistently engaging; Winston Clifford's drumming is unobtrusively propulsive and selflessly group-oriented; and the only standard - Mack The Knife - is reinvented with an assured coolness, with Brown spinning a fresh melody over only Arnie Smogyi's stalking base and Clifford's brushes. Not a revolution but some fine playing in a familiar groove."


A RHYTHM INDICATIVE
"I can hear a similar sound and warmth, most often associated with his illustrious name sake Clifford Brown."
Campell Burnap - BBC Radio3

"Damon Brown and his friends play with real fire."
Jerome Wilson - CADENCE MAGAZINE.


RED SEA JAZZ FESTIVAL, Israel 1999.
"I went to listen to Damon Brown and it was excellent. Two full cheering houses and very good music."
Dina Aldour - Multi Media (Promoters and organizers of the Red Sea Jazz Festival, Israel).


"A flugel horn and trumpet player of imagination, confidence and admirable dynamic range."
Rob Adams - THE HERALD.

Killer Shrimp, Sincerely Whatever.
Jazz CD released April 2006

From The Guardian, 21 April 2006:
The popular late-1950s hard-bop style (Sonny Rollins and Art Blakey were among its big time exponents) emphasised the blues and soul inflections in 1940s bop and added an extra infusion of laconic postwar cool.

Killer Shrimp is a British quartet led by two of Europe's most creative exponents of the approach - saxophonist Ed Jones ( who has a wide following through his work with fusion stars Us3) and the fluent and gold-toned trumpeter Damon Brown.

Streets away from being a retro-set, this cracking session gives straightahead listeners all the hustling uptempo blowing on bristling bop melodies they could want (check Brown's poise and mix of glowing and growling, and the still evolving Jones's multilayered lyricism at speed on Last of the Mohitos.)A drum'n'bass feel unexpectedly drives the otherwise dreamily elegant Marielyst, the two horns dance in hymnal slow harmony on Prayer, and Walkin'On imaginatively sets up an understated Brown Funk vocal with a softly pumping-clarinet riff. Telling tunes,coolly crafted harmonies, powerful horn playing and a great young rhythm section in bassist Ben Hazleton and drummer Troy Miller.

John Fordham.

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