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Peter records horns onto Nate Flaks new album!

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Peter J Blume’s Trumpet & Flugelhorn are on the track entitled “Brother”


The connection was made through Nate’s father Jonathan. Since early 2014 Peter has occasionally been performing with ‘Kick Start Charlie’—a 8 piece classic rock cover band (with 3 horns!) based out of Rockland County NY. Other trumpeters also helping the band out have been the very versatile Mike Panella, & Smooth Jazz recording artist Cindy Bradley. Anyway, Jonathan Flaks is the keyboardist for KSC & in July, he approached Peter on behalf of his son, who was looking for a trumpeter to record on a particular section of one of his songs; a tribute to recalling the day his younger sibling was brought into this world.


Nate is currently studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, & this is the 2nd studio album for the multi talented singer/songwriter (pianist & guitarist, etc) & his band. It holds 7 songs together with a ‘common thread’-like theme, lyrically poetic in nature, & set to the backdrop of somewhat melancholic but incredibly sensitive & reflective music. It has a folk-y sound, yet somewhat reminiscent to the sounds of Coldplay, Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon…maybe even Bob Dylan.


Produced & engineered by the incredibly professional, very capable & easy to work with—Sam Stauff of Port City Recordings—Nate raised almost $5K in donations towards completion of the project via In August of 2014, Peter met up with Nate & Sam at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry NY (where Sam was in the process of setting up a professional recording studio for the school) to lay down the requested part. Although not initially recorded with the intention of being used as a ‘horn section’, Peter had played the desired line both on Flugelhorn & then on Trumpet (but separately; with the intention to be used individually, either/or) to offer them the option of different sonic timbres—but in the end they chose to use both parts in conjunction with each other—with the trumpet being in unison to the Flugelhorn, but an octave higher.


The album was released on December 23rd 2014, & can be heard in its entirety here:


Nate Flaks with his model for the album cover shoot.

Nate Flaks with his model for the album cover shoot.

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