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Johnny Britt – So Hot

Mar. 29, 2019

Here we have the polished and soulfully colorful trumpeter Johnny Britt gracing the smooth jazz/R&B community with his latest release So Hot, a snappy and feel-good release of original compositions designed to set just the right moods for the groovester in all of us.

A little about the charismatic trumpeter who brings with him the expressive narrative of one deeply steeped in the jazz culture:

Early on, Britt started to delve deeply into jazz and began meeting some of the greatest jazz musicians in the world — Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Cat Anderson, Milt Jackson, Richard Williams, Woody Shaw, Benny Bailey, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, Steve Lacy, Archie Shepp to name a few. He worked diligently as a jazz/ classical trumpet player.

This album embraces the coolness and soul-deep charm of soul/jazz in a very qualified way, incorporating different facets of the genre and offering his smooth vocals to boot.

Working here with Britt are veteran and iconic saxman Najee and renowned guitarists Nils and Paul Brown, as well as a host of other very competent contributors.

As the writer of all tracks, except for Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You” (done very well, by the way), Britt pours on the charm in a manner that one will find melodically irresistible.

In addition to a great cover of Riperton’s Loving You,” Britt offers, among others, the funky and strong lead and title track, the mid-tempo and poppin’ track “Hot Fun In the Summer” featuring the magical sax of Najee, the high-steppin’ “Highway 10,” the slow, sexy, kinda bluesy “Do What You Wanna Do,” the funky jazz ditty “Take Your Time,” and a sweet keys-and-trumpet-laden beautiful finale — obviously a tribute to the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on “Aretha.”

This is classy, soulful jazz not to be missed. One super effort. – Ronald Jackson