Gerhard Daum’s studio album Rhapsody for Trumpet blends elements of contemporary music, cool jazz and the film noir genre to form thirteen classy and timeless compositions. In this artist driven release, the composer and multi-instrumentalist features the trumpet as leading instrument for the first time. The clear and expressive trumpet voice presented shows associations to giants of jazz like Chet Baker and Miles Davis.
The title “Sleeping City” from the album was placed in the 2020 USA Top 10 iTunes Charts in its category.
Review of Rhapsody for Trumpet by Dick Metcalf from Contemporary Fusion Reviews, 14. August 2020
I’ve reviewed a couple of albums from multi-instrumentalist, most recently his exquisite “Songs Without Words” […] Gerhard’s offerings are always diverse, but this is the first time I’ve heard him doing tasty and tantalizing trumpet work, though […].
There’s a real sense of “noir” on tunes like “The Joker”… it’s easy to imagine dark alleyways & desirous damsels as you listen to this… I have no doubt (whatsoever) that DJ’s of all persuasions will have this song in constant rotations, especially on their late-night shows!
There’s a totally mellow “morning” vibe on the beautiful 3:32 “Rise and Shine”… Gerhard’s horn calls you from your dreams and shows you that there is hope in the new day… a very powerful performance and flawless recording make it a tune you’ll be hitting “replay” for often.
I found the strings on “Promises” to be most enchanting… this 3:06 gem will hold you spellbound and wanting more of the beauty it conveys ever-so-richly… vivid contrasts between horn, strings, piano and drums make for a very satisfying listen!
It was easy to make my choice for personal favorite of the thirteen tunes Gerhard offers up for our aural enjoyment… “Sleeping City” captures the very essence of after-midnight streets and urban crawls through cavernous skyscrapers… I will go so far as to say that this is the best trumpet piece I’ve listened to (yet) in 2020.