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“Skip Bauchman has a great back story as the cop who played music every chance he could get while on the force, but he’s far from being guy who just dabbled in music. While life distracted him from fully pursuing his melodic and grooving passions, he’s making up for lost time by creating a refreshingly eclectic and stylistically expansive vibe with his band B&B Jazz Company, featuring the incomparable veteran saxman Rodney Taylor. Perfectly typifies the joys of independent music making, Bauchman—an inventive guitarist, producer and drummer—pushes the envelope and jumps all over the map in a cool, high energy way that is in line with the most creative and progressive jazz fusion artists. It’s refreshing to put on a CD, think it’s going to be all about one thing, until the next cut takes you someplace completely different sonically and the next is even more exotic. Drawing from blues, R&B, jazz, rock, Brazilian and the chill-electronica world, among others Bauchman and the B&B Jazz Company make the kind of album adventurous jazz fans dream of when they’re thinking about a world free of arbitrary parameters. Universal Vibe is truly a revelation, and one of the best indie jazz projects of the year.” – Jonathan Widran

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“In his long career as Secret Service agent for a Detective for the LA PD Anti Terrorist Division and Robbery Homicide Division, Skip Bauchman was definitely someone you’d pay attention to. Now that he’s retired, Bauchman demands attention with his music providing smooth, urban sounds with his B&B Jazz Company.

Bauchman, a multi-instrumentalist who calls the guitar his main piece, on his second solo CD delivers the kind of smooth jazz that functions both as the best kind of funky, beefy instrumental music and as mellow sounds with bite. It’s certainly a team-project band, as saxophonist Rodney Taylor and Henry Battle and keyboardist Edell Shepherd get plenty of space to showcase their prowess in fully engaged songs. Robust sax lines, B-3 excursions and trumpet blasts all swirl into a satisfying mix of melodic groove.
Bauchman is obviously happy to share the spotlight, but it’s on his solo excursions where things really get interesting. His Earl Klugh-like acoustic chops are displayed in “The Voyage Of…”, while his languid, Chuck Loeb-style picking highlights the groove-filled midtempo numbers “Old Man Cool” and “Can’t End This Love.”

And don’t dare miss “Paulo and Aziz,” a bossa-nova tune with strings, a Mideast insistence and some amazing guitar stylings from Bauchman. It’s one of the best songs of the year, for sure.”

~Brian Soergel, JazzTimes


 

“Skip Bauchman has a great back story as the cop who played music every chance he could get while on the force, but he’s far from being guy who just dabbled in music. While life distracted him from fully pursuing his melodic and grooving passions, he’s making up for lost time by creating a refreshingly eclectic and stylistically expansive vibe with his band B&B Jazz Company, featuring the incomparable veteran saxman Rodney Taylor. Perfectly typifies the joys of independent music making, Bauchman—an inventive guitarist, producer and drummer—pushes the envelope and jumps all over the map in a cool, high energy way that is in line with the most creative and progressive jazz fusion artists. It’s refreshing to put on a CD, think it’s going to be all about one thing, until the next cut takes you someplace completely different sonically and the next is even more exotic. Drawing from blues, R&B, jazz, rock, Brazilian and the chill-electronica world, among others Bauchman and the B&B Jazz Company make the kind of album adventurous jazz fans dream of when they’re thinking about a world free of arbitrary parameters. Universal Vibe is truly a revelation, and one of the best indie jazz projects of the year.” – Jonathan Widran