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Hip to Bop

by Maurice Brown

Hip to Bop sublimely integrates the intricate improvisational burn of bebop with the pulsating rhythms of hip hop and R&B." -- John Murph,
Genre: Jazz: Hard Bop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rapture
8:17 $0.99
2. It's A New Day
5:18 $0.99
3. Mi Amor
8:09 $0.99
4. Conceptions
5:39 $0.99
5. Anazao
4:47 $0.99
6. Hip to Bop
5:09 $0.99
7. Look Ma No Hands
4:11 $0.99
8. A Call For All Angels
3:45 $0.99
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What People Are Saying About Maurice Brown & "Hip to Bop"...

"From King Oliver to Louis Armstrong, Fats Navarro to Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis to Freddie Hubbard, Roy Hargrove to Nicholas Payton, it seems that all great jazz trumpeters, regardless of generation or stylistic inclination, are drawn to the funk. Each of those aforementioned artists - and there are many more - have steered jazz significantly by incorporating those sweaty, syncopated rhythms, edgy riffs and blues-based melodies we call funk.

You can now add Maurice Brown to that illustrious list of jazz trumpeters. His debut disc, Hip to Bop sublimely integrates the intricate improvisational burn of bebop with the pulsating rhythms of hip hop and R&B." -- John Murph,

"Brown is one of the most exciting young trumpeters in jazz--be it New Orleans or New York. His improvisations are fresh, his chops dynamic and he's writing what could very well become a new generation of hard-bop-meets-new-grooves standards." -- Jason Koransky, Editor, DownBeat Magazine

"Give the younger generation its due, but do it when they deserve it. Maurice Brown is a New Orleans (via Chicago) trumpet wunderkind who's keeping the hard bop tradition alive with an exciting set of originals covering all the moods and tempos." -- Jazz Society of Oregon

In one of the most startling debuts of the year, 23-year-old trumpeter Brown -- a Chicagoan now based in New Orleans -- announced himself as a triple-threat artist, equally effective as virtuoso trumpeter, versatile composer and supremely confident bandleader. That a musician of Brown's young vintage could conceive a work as harmonically bold and structurally intricate as "Rapture," the recording's explosive opening track, suggests that this talent runs deep. So does "It's a New Day," with its unforgettably catchy main riff; "Mi Amor," a ballad of remarkable melodic beauty and poise; and the hard-charging, bebop-inspired "Look Ma No Hands." -- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune Arts Critic

One of the brightest stars on the contemporary jazz scene, Maurice Brown was born on January 6, 1981, in Harvey, IL. Showing a remarkable affinity for the trumpet, Brown performed with Ramsey Lewis at ~the Symphony Center in Chicago while still a student at Hillcrest High School. Following graduation, he received a full scholarship to attend Northern Illinois University, and later continued his studies at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, where he worked with famed clarinetist Alvin Batiste. Brown relocated to New Orleans shortly thereafter, working with numerous jazz veterans, including Clark Terry, Johnny Griffin, Ellis Marsalis, and Lonnie Plaxico, as well as recording as a sideman with Curtis Fuller, Fred Anderson, Roy Hargrove, Michelle Carr, and Ernest Dawkins, among others. In 2001 he won first place in the National Miles Davis Trumpet Competition and in 2003 he released his first album as a bandleader, heading his Maurice Brown Quintet for Hip to Bop, which showed an amazing affinity for bop-inflected jazz, along with a willingness to expand the genre's lexicon through innovative techniques like playing trumpet solos through a wah-wah pedal. Brown continues to live in New Orleans, playing both with his quintet and hip-hop/funk group called Soul'd U Out.~ Steve Leggett, All Music Guide



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Linda D Gardner

I havn't stop playing that CD since I got it.
Maurice please keep me inform when your next CD comes out. Because if it's like this one I can't wait. Your CD relax me after a hard days work, that's not easy to do. Keep up the good work and put out another one soon!

Vince Barber

Delighted with this cd!!
Didn't know who he was at the time but saw this guy at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, 2007 and immediately bought this cd. If you like the best in Bop (Miles is my favorite) then you'll really enjoy this excellent example. It's well balanced and manages to put a fresh spin on an all too often well worn genre.

Emmy Stanley

'It's a New Day' aptly applies to this entire album
Every tune on this CD will blow you away. It's a new day indeed. I believe this CD is the beginning of a career rapidly on the rise. Every tune an original, every tune different, exciting and sooo nice to listen to. Every musician in the quintet is young and exceptional.. It's great jazz and at the same time I believe that every person will like every toon, even if not a jazz aficionado.. It's exciting to hear the first CD of someone who is going to rise so fast it will make one's head spin..

Adonis Spencer

Lost For Words
Hip to Bop is the best jazz CD of the decade. I picked up the CD two weeks ago and still have it in rotation in my player. Maurice Brown is truley a blessed person. Pick it up, you wont be sorry. In fact you will be writing the next review.

Sal Nunziato

You want the best jazz record of the year?
Here it is- Maurice Brown’s "Hip To Bop." I'll explain. It's not some rehash of half a dozen standards that we've heard too many times before. It's not some pretentious experiment in noodling. It's not some Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday wanna-be covering piano trio versions of Radiohead songs just to appear hip with the kids. And it's not some cheesy R&B record released on a jazz label, so the unfortunate "think" they are buying a jazz record.

From the opening track, "Rapture," which would have fit nicely on any one of Miles Davis' quintet records, to "Mi Amor" a gorgeous ballad with such a familiar melody, it already has "standard" written all over it, to the title track- five minutes of mind-boggling blowing to a hip hop back beat- Brown has created a record that shows off the chops of his fine band (Doug Bickel on piano, Jason Stewart on bass, Derek Douget on sax, and Adonis Rose on drums) and still leaves room to breathe. And when was the last time you could boast about a jazz release having a "lead track" or a "single?" "It's A New Day," with its breezy groove and melody, has enough hooks to snag a flounder. It's a perfect reminder of those great instrumental hits of 60's and 70's from Donald Byrd or Ramsey Lewis.

Corey Jones

A Real Diamond In The Rough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This album is a masterpiece! You can put it in your CD player and let it play out to the end. The music is good for all moods and occasions. I can't wait to see Maurice Brown perform LIVE. I think he is the best trumpeter of his generation. Also, make sure you check out his website. Your in for a real treat!
p.s. Great Liner Notes from Ellis Marsalis!

An Educated Consumer

You are gonna love this album!
Maurice Brown is such a talent. He has such enthusiasm and expression. Whether he is playing his original compostions or something as beautiful as the standard "Misty" just want to listen. I look forward to more and more of this young great musician. Having seen him perform in person, I just feel he really know what music and working together with his fellow musicians is about. You can actually see him smile while he is performing. Buy it, you will love it!


Wynton, Nicholas, and Roy! ...Make Way for Maurice!
If you're a fan of Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton or Roy Hargrove, you'll dig Maurice Brown! This is the album you'll have in your cd player every day, all day long. It never gets old! From beginning to end, each song is original and different from the previous. Truly a masterpiece, especially for a debut album, I think Maurice Brown should win a grammy! I promise you won't be disappointed. If you are a music lover, this album's for you!'s exceptionally well done, I definitely recommend it!

Perry Apawu

Best jazz album of the year
I really love hip to bop with its complex melodies and advanced rhythms, Maurice Brown is truly ahead of his time. There are deep roots of The Great Miles Davis and the complex soul of John Coltrane all mixed into one. If you are a listener of great jazz and even if you are not a listener of jazz I think this album will sure wet your whistle. This album should get some grammy nominations. So if you love great cats like this one, go out and buy his album it will be well worth the money and your music listening pleasure. Hip to Bop gets 50 stars from me. Waiting for the next album.

Music Lover

Amazing new talent
Maurice Brown's debut cd shines with amazing talent that one would expect out of a more "seasoned" jazz performer. I was fortunate to have friends that mentioned how great a musician this man and his accompaning artists were so we ventured out to see them last night and he blew us away with his talent & skills.

I could hear influences of Miles Davis and other greats, but mostly original tunes that kept my attention the entire nite.

This CD is great. I recommend it ... thumbs up!
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