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On 'Showboat' Brian Newman goes from the most casual to the most religious / The Tufts Daily

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Trumpet player and jazz singer Brian Newman has had a longstanding New York City career. For over 10 years, Newman's role in the city's nightlife has ranged from different venues, performances with pop superstars and a residency at the Rose Bar at Gramercy Park Hotel. He is the bread and butter of jazz in the city. But it was not until this year that Newman released his second album, "Showboat," a release showcasing his talent, skill and ability to cater to a wide audience.

"Showboat" is an easy listen - there is no doubting how easily it flows from track to track, highlighting Newman's vocals and him and his band's performances. But it is also a strong release from a New York City jazz veteran. The tracks are vibrant, interesting and showcase a wide range of talent and performance. While "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood," featuring Gaga's vocals, is the album's greatest moment, it is not the only thing Newman relies on. It seems Newman has something to offer every jazz listener on his sophomore effort, from the most casual to the most religious.

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