It’s no secret that I am a Christian who makes his living as a secular musician. I perform, compose and teach all things trumpet, but at the center of all of my motivations is my love for Jesus Christ. While all of my recordings have underlying Christian themes, Rivers of Life was my first official Christian recording.
But Rivers of Life is jazz and a lot of Christians don’t like jazz. It’s too busy and as my aunt Rosemary once told me, “jazz sounds like it never stops.” And the truth is, even though I enjoy performing jazz, and I also enjoy listening to it, there are times when even I feel like I’d rather listen to something simpler.
Unadorned Trumpet Hymns is my more simplistic answer to Rivers of Life. This is a collection of hymns recorded with absolutely no embellishments of any sort. I present to you the hymns, as performed on trumpet, in their most natural states.