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Mood Swings [Russell Gunn (Trumpet)]


  • 1. Injuns, The
    2. Park Avenue Petite
    3. African Queen
    4. S. Crib
    5. Night and Day
    6. Mood Swings
    7. I'll Close My Eyes
    8. Blues to Lee
    9. Twice Around
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7107

  • Credits
    ProducerCecil Brooks III
    EngineerTommy Tedesco

    Personnel: Russell Gunn (trumpet); Radam Schwartz (Hammond B-3 organ); Eric Johnson (guitar); Cecil Brooks III (drums).
    Recorded at Tedesco Recording Studio, Paramus, New Jersey on December 20, 1999.
    Personnel: Russell Gunn (trumpet); Eric Johnson (guitar); Cecil Brooks III (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Tommy Tedesco .
    Recording information: Tedesco Recording Studio, Paramus, NJ (12/20/1999).
    Photographer: Carl Posey.
    At first, it might seem like a calculated stylistic detour -- hot young hip-hop-influenced trumpeter teams up with a Hammond organ player (Radam Schwartz) who's equally fresh but strictly from the old school. But 2003's Mood Swings is not Wynton Marsalis-style dilettante posing of the "I remember Jimmy Smith" variety; there is nothing retro or nostalgic about this album, although it's firmly rooted in '60s-style organ combo jazz and mostly draws from the hard bop songbook. The opening track, a frenetic 20-notes-a-second take on Donald Byrd's "The Injuns," is as forward-looking as anything Gunn has done. Although ballads like Benny Golson's weightless, lovely "Park Avenue Petite" allow Gunn to explore Miles Davis' gentle tonal palette, it's more aggressive performances like "S. Crib" and the downright funky "Twice Around" that really show off Gunn's abilities. ~ Stewart Mason

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (2/04, p.145) - "Johnson boasts a bred-in-the-bone organ-trio guitar sound, with plenty of early-Benson treble."
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