Eric Bolvin is a popular Bay Area jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn player who as a solo artist has played with Greg Adams, Russell Ferrante and Dave Weckl. His group Quorum has performed extensively throughout Northern California and now he is back with his latest CD release ‘The Night, The Rain And You’. The album’s six original compositions sit well with five quality covers and although billed as being ‘all about the funk’ Bolvin, often shows a happy knack of being able to turn things down. In fact he is often at his excellent best when exploring the more tranquil areas of his musical terrain.
‘The Night, The Rain And You’ opens with the rhythmic ‘Catwalk’ then quickly settles into a smoky rendition of Earth, Wind & Fire’s ‘That’s The Way Of The World’. It’s a first-rate track and although Bolvin turns momentarily funky with the horn driven ‘Sanazzay’ it is when he arrives at ‘How Did You Know?’ that his classy laid back credentials really come to the fore. This soothing masterpiece is a delight and he stays with that same vibe for his take on the Stevie Wonder hit ‘As’. An unusual but welcome choice, it is in the good company of Bolvin’s inventive re-imagining of the Steely Dan classic ‘The Goodbye Look’ on which he bestows a decidedly improvisational twist. Both the jazzy ‘Toejam’ and the delightfully mellow ‘Bob’s Song’ are Bolvin originals yet while his version of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’ is deliciously sexy its with the spaced out title tune that he really hits gold. This cool chiller is a candidate for album’s best track but right there with it is ‘My One And Only Love’. Originating as far back as 1948 and appearing on the flip side of Frank Sinatra’s 1953 recording ‘I’ve Got The World On A String’ this tune has, over time, become the quintessential jazz standard yet here Bolvin makes it sound brand new.
‘The Night, The Rain And You’ is produced and arranged by Eric Bolvin and as well as playing trumpet, flugelhorn and keyboards he also uses an EWI wind controller to emulate the sound of saxes, trombone, organ, flute, harmonica and guitar. In addition, by the inclusion of Myron Dove on bass, Michael Renwick on guitar and Peter Booras on drums, he has brought in some of San Francisco’s funkiest cats to lend a hand. Percussionist Timo Gutierrez also guests and the overall result is a project that deserves to get Bolvin noticed.
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