The music of trumpeter and composer Don Barrozo may not be familiar to you yet, but if you're a fan of the critically acclaimed television series 'The Simpsons', you've probably seen his name. He's been a film editor for the popular animated series since it's premiere in 1989. 'Film editing and music have a lot in common,' says Don, 'I use the same sensibilities with film as I do with music, telling a story using rhythm.' On his fine debut album 'Blue Talk', ten compelling original compositions recall the music of trumpet icons ranging from Herb Alpert to Miles Davis. Striking, lovely melodies and lush harmonies infuse songs that range in style from reggae to world groove, funk and beyond. Multi-layered horns and an outstanding live band weave a tapestry of constantly shifting colors and moods. Legendary drummer James Gadson, who appears on 'Blue Talk' said, '(Don) plays it real slick and sophisticated, every note means something'. Don Barrozo was born in Montana, the son of a horn playing Filipino immigrant father and an American mother. He grew up with the sounds of his father's band playing everything from Hawaiian to country western and pop. Don took up trumpet at age nine, his talent winning him many regional honors and landing him a spot in the world renowned Blue Devils drum and bugle corps, well known for it's tight hornline and jazz sound. After earning a music degree from the University of Northern Colorado, Don moved to Los Angeles where he began his career as a film editor. He continued being musically active, improvising with like-minded jazz and experimental musicians in and around Venice Beach. He created and performed original music for famed performance artists such as Amelia Rudolph's gravity defying Project Bandaloop, Dan Kwong, and others, earning praise from L.A. Times theatre critics. Don has lent his sweet horn sound to many artists, including Jill Sobule, Chilean diva Jacqueline Fuentes, the world music ensemble Shaman's Dream, and Joselyn and wild roots; working with producers such as Susan Rogers and Gardner Cole. His adventurous spirit and love of beauty is apparent on every single track of 'Blue Talk'. Don Barrozo is a distinctive new voice, who brings much needed freshness to the world of contemporary jazz.
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