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‘The Importance of Deliberate Work’

by Dubaiforum

Renowned trumpeter and composer Riley Mulherkar has released his debut solo album, “Riley,” marking a significant milestone in his jazz career. The album showcases Mulherkar’s talent and creativity, featuring a mix of original compositions and reimagined jazz classics.

Mulherkar’s journey in music began at a young age when he met mentor Wynton Marsalis in third grade. After quickly gaining national recognition for his playing at Seattle’s Garfield High School, Mulherkar moved to New York to study at Juilliard and co-founded the successful brass quartet, The Westerlies.

His solo album, “Riley,” was a labor of love that took five years to complete. Collaborating with producers Rafiq Bhatia and Chris Pattishall, Mulherkar crafted a record that reflects his emotional connection to jazz and pays tribute to his musical influences and mentors.

The album features both original compositions like “Hopscotch” and reinterpreted classics such as “King Porter Stomp” and “Here Comes De Honey Man.” Mulherkar’s unique approach to blending studio techniques with performance techniques resulted in a record that captures the essence of jazz while introducing a fresh, contemporary sound.

Despite facing challenges during the recording process, including the onset of the pandemic, Mulherkar remained dedicated to creating a masterpiece that stayed true to his artistic vision. The end result is a captivating and immersive album that showcases Mulherkar’s growth as a musician and his commitment to honoring jazz traditions while pushing creative boundaries.

“Riley” is a testament to Mulherkar’s dedication to his craft and his ability to translate his love for jazz into a powerful and authentic musical expression. It is a must-listen for jazz enthusiasts and music lovers alike, offering a glimpse into the soulful artistry of one of today’s most promising jazz talents.

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