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Red Light

by Kiku Collins

According to the Jazz Journal International, Kiku Collins "plays the trumpet like a twenty-first century Miles Davis". Ms. Collins flexes her composer/producer/bandleader muscles with plenty of melody and groove on "Red Light"
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blue Patrol (Feat. Tuba Joe Exley, Alan Chez & David Gibson)
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2. Siren's Toy (feat. Elizabeth! & Layla Angulo)
5:16 $0.99
3. Tag Play
4:53 $0.99
4. Come My Way
3:11 $0.99
5. Red Light (feat. Michael Lington)
5:30 $0.99
6. How Lucky You Are
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7. Silence Thief
6:39 $0.99
8. Sea of Grapes
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9. In the Bag
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10. August Won (feat. Tani Trentlyon)
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Album Notes
Kiku Collins - Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Valve Trombone, Vocals
Xavier Davis - Piano
Hendrik Helmer - Guitar
Alex Alexander -Drums, Percussion
Malcolm Gold - Bass
Michael Lington - Sax
Al Chez - Trumpet
David Gibson - Trombone
Layla Angulo - Sax
Elizabeth! - Trombone
TubaJoe Exley - Tuba
Greg Clark - Vocals
Tani Trentlyon - Vocals
Francesco Guaiana - Guitar
Luca Lo Bianco - Bass
Massimo D'aleo - Drums

According to the Jazz Journal International, Kiku Collins "plays the trumpet like a twenty-first century Miles Davis". Her trumpet skills were on full display during her time with iconic artists Beyonce and Michael Bolton and many other A-list performers, but with her sophomore album "Red Light", Ms. Collins flexes her composer/producer/bandleader muscles with plenty of melody and groove.



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Glendon M. Gross

Nice Grooves from the Best Looking Trumpeter in the Business!
Kiku Collins is the kind of trumpeter you don't forget. Not only does she have a sweet, dark tone, but her ideas are musical, and this album is danceable, with an R&B flavor. You will want to play this music in your car, or when on a date, time and time again. Kiku is souful in the finest sense of the word, and with "Red Light" she has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in the business to bring a unique sound. The driving big-band sound of the first track soon gives way to a pleasing set of grooves that are sure to delight you and have you tapping your foot to the music. Kiku plays Getzen trumpets and it is clear to see why she has been sponsored by Getzen, as she evokes deep emotional currents with her tasteful soloing style, while keeping it light and danceable when the song calls for it. This CD is highly recommended, and is sure to yield many hours of listening pleasure. The production values on the CD are also excellent, and if that were not enough, the cover art clearly marks Kiku as one of the best looking trumpeters in the business. It will be exciting to see what we will hear from this artist in the future, as she is off to an excellent start with this album, her second CD effort. Five Stars!

Anthony Cardoza

Beautiful tone from a beautiful artist
Smooth modern jazz with pop sensibility and even a bit of big band. Kiku produces a very warm, dark and smokey tone out of her instrument and combines flugelhorn and trombone with her trumpet playing as well. This CD is one that you won't want to remove from your player. It puts you in a good mood each time you listen to it. Kiku is a force to be reckoned with and also very easy on the eyes. Run, don't walk to purchase this one.


Buy this NOW!
I was totally blown away by the tracks on this album, tight playing and amazing sounds.

This is a must have for any music lover!

You will not be disappointed. I can't stop listening to it!

The One With The Sound

Jup Wijnen
This is one awesome album.
I have heard lots and lots of so-called "smooth-jazz) albums, please be advised this is NOT such an album.
The sound Kiku has on her trumpet is extraordinary, it's Big, Bold and Beautiful.
This one will stick to you for sure!!
Fantastic recording, Fantastic compositions, First rate musicianship...


2 Thumbs Up!
A Star is born and her name is Kiku Collins. Following up on her first album, she tops her newest one with a much more classier tone, playful melody lines as well as tricky & simple arrangements. The choice of original song is wise and it's put all well in order.
You find yourself listening to an album and not skipping from song to song looking for a hook. EVERY song has one.
For example:
Opener "Blue Patrol" reminds of a classy Miles medium tempo classic that could have been written for a "Ben Hur" remake.

Collins' melodies are simple yet clever. The minute you think you've figured out the melodyline she leads her beautiful tone into fresh new territory that surprises.


Bold, Brassy and Brilliant!
Loving this recording by Ms. Collins. Absolutely fabulous production value, groovy tunes and excellent playing by all involved. I loved the journey taken throughout the program from the boisterous and brassy Blue Patrol, to the touching August Won. Lots here for a variety of listeners, whether at a party, out for a jog or at home for the night. Collins' effort is a 21st Century take on what Herb Alpert and Chuck Mangione began in the 60's and 70's and this woman is operating at a very HIGH level. If any of that sounds appealing, I'm sure you'll enjoy this recording as much as I do!

Ronald Jackson

Style as sexy and smooth as silk and as authentic as her persona.
An interesting blend of jazz/blues polish and sass is what we have here from trumpeter/vocalist Kiku Collins on her latest project, Red Light.

The former Beyonce trumpet player who’s worked with the likes of Michael Bolton and Jill Scott has a style as sexy and smooth as silk and as authentic as her persona.

Using great phrasing and arrangements, the music presented here–the vast majority of which was co-written by Collins–is a combination of sweet, sexy, and “come hither” sensuality (listen to “Tag Play” for a good example) and funky, enflamed groove (e.g., “Come My Way” – check out bassist Malcolm Gold’s work while you’re here).

Take a walk on the blues side as the sexy lady treats us to the title track with all the sultriness expected in a song bearing that title, and check out the adeptness of pianist Xavier Davis and the magnificent guest sax work of Michael Lington.

This material has body, melody, and presence. When you listen to the tenderness of Collins’ caressing trumpet and Hendrix Helmer’s guitar on the well-composed piece “Silence Thief,” you are reminded of the beautiful vastness and creativity of the world of really good jazz. The alluring track that follows, “Sea of Grapes,” with guitarist Francesco Guaiana giving Collins a helping hand, further gives evidence of that.

“In the Bag” kicks it all up a notch or two in tempo and sets that other groove mode in motion. Nothing says “Let’s shake it out” like a number like this. Closing this delicacy out is “August Won,” a beautiful– though disappointingly short– track with Collins on vocals.

All said, Collins arrives here with a comely project full of color and diversity. Red Light has something on which to grab hold. It doesn’t murmur; it proudly sings.