Taking what he calls an unorthodox approach to the trumpet, Isaac Byrd Jr. plays changes in a unique way and uses his instrument to paint a picture and tell a story. Playing what he has branded as “the sultry trumpet like no other”, the versatile, multi-talented Jacksonville, FL based artist finds a compelling, groove centered and ultra melodic way to chronicle and celebrate Life on his new CD. The collection marks his first recording with the Spectra Music Group.
Byrd brings a rich and dynamic history as a jazz performer to his emergence in the contemporary urban jazz world. While he was influenced by trumpet greats like Wynton Marsalis and Terence Blanchard, he draws his rhythmic flair from the pianists and saxophonists he grew up admiring, from John Coltrane and Charlie Parker to Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau.
The latest single by Isaac Byrd, Jr. is entitled “Meek” and features legendary guitarist Nils Jiptner. Nils’ success in the smooth jazz genre has somewhat obscured his dynamic background as a versatile R&B/ pop guitarist. Over the years, he has worked with greats like George Clinton and he has a platinum record for his contributions to The Temptations’ 1998 album Phoenix Rising. He contributed as a musician and co-writer of “Keep Rollin’” on Benson’s 1998 album Standing Together. To nobody’s surprise came his nomination for “Best Guitarist” at last year’s American Smooth Jazz Awards, in a category that also included George Benson.
Meek by Isaac Byrd, Jr. featuring Nils is available now for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon and more and will be available for regular purchasing on Tuesday August 12, 2014.
The new single is currently being serviced to radio for adds. Call your local station today to make the request.
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