Trumpeter/Flugelhornist Lin Rountree Serves Up Sumthin' Good
His musicality spans the spectrum of jazz from smooth and contemporary to soul and funk. - Susan Frances, JazzReview.com
In this crazy age, everyone needs a little Sumthin' Good and Lin Rountree is just what the doctor ordered! Brimming over with hot grooves and fluid lines, trumpeter/flugelhornist Linn Rountree offers up a soulful collection of songs designed to warm even the coldest night. Lin Rountree and the production team of Billy Meadows and Dana Davis have scored another hit with "this follow up to Rountree's magical debut project Groovetree. As DJ Fazio of JazzMonthly.com said about his 2005 release, Groovetree, "When you think ‘groove’, think Lin Rountree..."
In talking about his new release, Lin Rountree said, "Sumthin' Good was a great project to record because we didn't stray too far from what made us successful on Groovetree. Great grooves with great melodies played by great musicians. On Sumthin' Good, you will hear a progression, almost a maturation of sorts, in our sound and concepts. You will feel a little more punch on the mid-tempo songs and more soul on the easy grooves."
Punching grooves aren't all that Sumthin' Good serves up. According to Rountree, "There's a beautiful ballad ("All The Way") co-written by Roberto Valley (bassist with Paul Brown). Mr. Carl Robinson contributed "She's Just A Woman" for you reggae lovers. The legendary Perry Hughes (guitarist with Earl Klugh and Bob James) kicks in some lead guitar and a KILLER solo on "Chillin' On." There's even two vocal tracks this time, one featuring international soul sensation amp fiddler ("Kiss on Ya Soul"), and the other with up-and-coming R&B superstar 19-year-old Valencia ("Get Away"). All in all, we think Sumthin' Good is indeed that. We hope you will too!"
TRACKS (click to sample the first three):
1. SUMTHIN’ GOOD (D. Davis, L. Rountree)
2. LET IT RIDE (L. Rountree, R. Long)
3. CHILLIN’ ON f/Perry Hughes (D. Davis, Lin Rountree)
4. GROOVALICIOUS (L. Rountree, B. Williams)
5. SHE’S JUST A WOMAN (C. Robinson)
6. THERE HE GOES (L. Rountree)
7. ALL THE WAY (R. Valley, D. Davis, L. Rountree)
8. SELDOM SUNDAY f/Bamm Davis (Bamm Davis, T. Gordon, L. Rountree)
9. FEET ON THE GROUND (L. Rountree, W. Meadows)
10. FRESH FUNK (D. Davis, L. Rountree, W. Meadows)
11. KISS ON YA SOUL (A. Fiddler, K. Martin)
12. YOU WILL ALWAYS (L. Rountree, T. Herd)
(Dedicated to the memory of my Godmother/Aunt Brenda and Father-in-law Charles Thompson Jr.)
GET AWAY Introducing Valencia on vocals (J. Canady, K. Tubbs, L. Woodall, Valencia)
About the artist:
Lin Rountree, the Jazz and R&B Trumpeter, is the latest artist to emerge from the 'new' Detroit music factory. His playing has been described as soulful, funky, and inspirational. Be it R&B, or Jazz, he has an innate ability to connect his music to his listener's soul. And his charm, intelligence and wit make him a great entertainer on and off of the bandstand.
Lin began playing the trumpet in Alexandria VA. when he was just 11 yrs. old. In high school he frequently attended music workshops at the famed Duke Ellington School of performing arts in Washington DC. Upon graduating he was accepted to and given a scholarship to play in the world famous marching band, "The Marching 100" at Florida A&M University. There he began a life long love of Jazz.
During the past few years, Lin has received international acclaim for his music and performances and has been dubbed a member of the "new generation" of future smooth jazz stars. He has also shared the stage/studio with the likes of KEM, Dwele, Tim Bowman, George Benson, Peter White, Conya Doss Deitrick Hadden and a host of others.
"For Your Love f/Tim Bowman," the first release from the 2005 Groovetree, stayed on the SJ Charts for 15 weeks as Lin's sound drew strong comparisons to Rick Braun and Chris Botti showing the world that Rountree is the real deal.
Through a partnership with industry moguls Hank Caldwell and Kendall Minter of NDN, LLC, Lin recently signed a national distribution deal with Ryko/Warner Bros. and is poised to release SUMPTHIN' GOOD, Lin's sophomore effort. SUMPTHIN' GOOD is scheduled to be released April 2008.
"...a perfect marriage between contemporary jazz and R&B with an undeniable soulful spirit that just lingers something sweet." - Abyss Jazz on Groovetree