Grammy award winning trumpet virtuoso/super-producer Maurice "Mobetta" Brown enters 2012 with a wealth of projects, recording dates and concert appearances that will keep his fans abuzz with anticipation.
Later this year, Maurice will release the follow-up to his critically acclaimed sophomore release, "The Cycle of Love" (Brown Records). This project will again feature his dynamic quintet, the Maurice Brown Effect, who recorded the Cycle of Love, one of 2010's cutting edge jazz recordings. When Maurice picks up his horn, his trademark soulful melodies soar into a rarefied space that uniquely marries traditional be-bop to hip-hop, producing a sound where neither genre is watered down.
In the two years since Cycle of Love hit the music world with full force, Maurice has balanced a tightly packed schedule of live appearances with in-depth studio recordings. 2011 saw the touring debut of the rock blues chart toppers, the Tedeschi-Trucks Band after the release of their debut album Revelator(Sony Masterworks), which recently won a 2012 Grammy. Maurice is the horn arranger for the 11-piece band. The year long tour spanned more than 100 cities in the United States, twenty-five countries in Europe, Asia, and South America as well as late-night national appearances on Conan O'Brien and the Tonight show. Maurice has also been hard at work on a remix album of "The Cycle of Love", titled "Maurice vs. Mobetta" (Brown Records, to be released in this summer). This dynamic album features some of today's top producers & artist who partner with Maurice on a groundbreaking, track by track remix that solidifies him as one of the trailblazers who weds jazz to hip-hop. Additionally, Maurice produced "Self Savior", the last track on Talib Kweli's latest release "Gutter Rainbows" and is working with the legendary Prodigy (of Mobb Deep). In April, Maurice will begin a 6-week European tour with the pre-eminent bassist, Marcus Miller, before hitting the road with both Tedeschi-Trucks and his own groups, the Maurice Brown Effect and Mobetta & Soul'd U Out.
Eight years after his highly celebrated debut album "HIP TO BOP" hit the jazz world with a staggering, original sound, Brown continues to explore and expand all musical boundaries. His intuitive musical vision lights a fire under traditional jazz, adds sonic horn playing to rock n' roll and pushes the production edge in hip-hop & r&b to new creative heights.
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