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Cindy Bradley — Bliss

June 6, 2014

Yep, the title of the latest release from the pretty lady with the “flumpet” is definitely apropos.  Trumpeter Cindy Bradley’s Bliss hits the nail on the head as far as the feeling you get when admiring her sheer musical beauty and competence.Cindy Bradley CD

Never one to stray from the jazz core, the genre is always in great hands with her. Here on Bliss, she not only opens with a funky contemporary blast called “Button Legs,” seduces with the sexy, sassy title track, but pays sincere and superbly qualified homage to the original genre form with Duke Ellington’s “Squeeze Me.”  Her own bluesy “Coming Home to My Baby” is jazz/blues work of art, as well. She also tosses in a cover of “God Bless the Broken Road,” a tune written by Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd, and Jeff Hanna and covered by many American country music artists. It was originally recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1994. Bradley’s haunting flugelhorn gives the piece a wonderful hue.

Again teaming up with her writing cohort, producer Michael Broening, the duo proceeds to knock the project out of the park — which is becoming quite a habit with these two.

Here is another release on which it is hard, if not impossible, for true C-jazz fans to find a bad track. I have a plethora of faves.  In addition to the previously mentioned tracks, I have to include the up-tempo high-strutting “Riverside Jive,” the light melodic “Lost & Found,” and the ultra-funky “Sharp A Strut” with its marvelous horn arrangement.

In relatively short order, Cindy Bradley has climbed the ladder of C-jazz to sit with some of the best. The way in which she approaches jazz – both seriously and with much comfort and enjoyment – is something her peers and fans alike should highly respect. Bliss is yet another example of her wonderful dedication, vision, and talent. – Ronald Jackson