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Maestro. Past Master. Pantomath. These are words that perfectly describe the smooth trumpeter.  He does it all.  Performs, produces, composes and on his 18th album Crossroads he's hit a high note.  The lead-off track 'Around The Corner' is dreamy, almost trance-like in its subtle arrangement.  'Brazz Street' is next up with its retro groove, something Rick said you would hear in the vintage detective shows from the '70s. Think Kojak or The Streets Of San Francisco and their cool funky vibe theme songs.  The title track 'Crossroads' was a joint effort with Grammy-nominated instrumentalist and composer Philippe Saisse.  At first, it was an EDM (electronic dance music) track brought in by Saisse but sounded like a Berlin disco according to Rick.  So they took the melody and totally overhauled the tune to come up with a wonderful arrangement.  Good friend guitarist Peter White joined Rick for the song 'Me And You'.  Rick says when he toured with the band War in the early 80's one of the songs was 'Summer'.  Rick said he always wanted to write something that had that vibe and with Peter it was effortless and joyful.  The grooviness continues on 'Bahia' with Peruvian guitarist Ramon Stagnaro (Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban) and drummer Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Santana and Toto).  A star-studded lineup with a memorable hook that feels like your in the Brazilian state enjoying the sights and sounds.  'Come With Me' pays tribute to Rick's love of Earth, Wind & Fire and the final track 'Versace On The Floor' is a family affair of sorts.  It's Rick's wife favourite track on the album and his son Kyle plays the piano intro.  Rick said he approached this as more as a classical song that a jazz song and really focused on playing his parts with as much sincerity as possible.  He's taken his love of music growing up with his grandparents, as a touring musician, a solo artist and now as a Dad.  He's at his crossroads and we'll see where it takes him next.

Gary James

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