Fans of trumpeter Rick Braun will be pleased to now that he is working on not one, but two CDs. A new solo project, What It Takes, is being co-produced by Philippe Saisse and features a mix of funk, smooth jazz and world music. The CD, to be offered by Artisan Records, will be Rick�s first solo project of original material since 2003�s Esperanto.
In 2005, Braun released a covers CD Yours Truly and in 2007 offered RnR, a project with saxophonist Richard Elliot.
The other CD is a tribute to one of Rick�s heroes, the late trumpeter Chet Baker, and features Saisse, bassist Brian Bromberg and drummer Ricky Lawson. Braun, of course, will be playing the trumpet and well as singing. The CD is an outgrowth of live shows in honor of Baker that Braun began last year. He will be doing the shows again this year, including next month at the Berks Jazz Festival.