Rick Braun: Missing in Venice


Missing In Venice


Rick Braun (trumpet, keyboards)


Best of Rick Braun (Atlantic 83238-2)

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Rick Braun (trumpet, keyboards),

Mike Egizi (keyboards & programming), Paul Brown (additional programming)


Composed by Rick Braun, Mike Egizi, Peter White & Paul Brown


Recorded: Woodland Hills, CA, October 29, 1996


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

"Missing in Venice" is a drawing, part M.C. Escher and part René Magritte, from Chris Van Allsburg's book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984). Inexplicably, a Titanic-sized ship is lodged in a lagoon where, on a good day, two dieting gondolas might just squeeze past one another. "Even with her mighty engines in reverse," confirms the caption, "the ocean liner was pulled further and further into the canal." Listeners to this track will be similarly sucked into an improbable vortex where a 19th-century mechanical device (the Harmon mute) navigates such 21st-century obstacles as computers, synthesizers and drum machines, pulling us further and further into The Mysteries of Rick Braun.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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