The Cycle Of Love (Brown Records)

Maurice Brown

Released March 16, 2010

NPR Top 10 Jazz Albums Of 2010




With the release of his new album, The Cycle Of Love, trumpet virtuoso Maurice Brown takes another giant step forward as an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, and performer. Brown’s soulful melodies and infectious personality are a dynamic package that uniquely marries traditional be-bop to hip-hop. The road to The Cycle Of Love has been a long, albeit creative, trek for the Chicago native. Six years after his critically acclaimed, chart-topping debut, Hip To Bop, hit the jazz world with staggering force, Brown is back with his stellar band for his sophomore album. Maurice Brown is beginning 2010 with dates all over the word, including Jakarta, New Delhi, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. To quote the legendary trumpeter, Clark Terry: ‘Brownie is the young trumpeter to watch for sure. I see young cats all over the world and Maurice has it.’ And The Cycle Of Love delivers it.

Track Listing:

1. Fly By Night (Maurice Brown) 07:25

2. Good Vibrations (Maurice Brown) 05:31

3. Misunderstood (Maurice Brown) 05:59

4. Time Tick Tock (Maurice Brown) 05:18

5. Merry Go Round (Maurice Brown) 05:17

6. Lovely (Maurice Brown) 06:24

7. The Cycle of Love (Maurice Brown) 05:04

8. The Connection (Maurice Brown) 04:36

9. Daydreams (Maurice Brown) 06:44

10. Reflections (Maurice Brown) 05:24


Maurice Brown: trumpet

Joe Blaxx: drums

Solomon Dorsey: bass

Derek Douget: sax tenor

Chris Rob: piano

Recorded at The Barber Shop Studios, Hopatcong, NJ

Producer: Maurice Brown

Engineer, Mixing: Jason Corsaro

Assistant Engineers: Dante Portella, Jeremy Gillespie

Mastering: David Kutch

Photography: Nick Ruechel

Design: Patrick Fong


Trumpeter Maurice Brown came up in jazz in Chicago; he found his way to New Orleans for a while, including through Hurricane Katrina, and he now lives in New York. Judging from his second album, The Cycle Of Love, he seems to have picked up various lessons along the way: earthy intelligence, urbane slickness, how to party. The global aesthetic of hip-hop is also present — Brown works with plenty of R&B and rap artists — and his band, especially the tenor saxophonist Derek Douget, has a certain bounce (and a few skittering rimshots) in its step. But there’s also a clear compositional savvy in the 10 tunes here; it attests to a jazz pedigree. The result is a jazz record that feels like it’s from musicians of the hip-hop generation — and compromises neither genre.

Patrick Jarenwattananon (npr)