Warren Kime

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Warren Kime, an orchestra leader, trumpeter, flügelhornist, and arranger from Chicago, brought a tape to Command and subsequently made a startling debut on a major record label. He made three unique,…
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Warren Kime, an orchestra leader, trumpeter, flügelhornist, and arranger from Chicago, brought a tape to Command and subsequently made a startling debut on a major record label. He made three unique, exciting Brass Impact records: Brass Impact, Explosive Brass Impact, and Goin' Someplace!. Each had three major horn groups (trumpet, flügelhorn, and trombone). Each also had, in addition to brass and woodwinds, modern rhythm and even the "wordless choruses" associated with Esquivel and Bob Thompson. These were supplied by three women, one of whom was Donna Kime, Warren's wife.

Kime's "Brass Choir" was one of the earliest, most assured, and definitive of the late-'60s exponents of the "mod" sound typified by Bob Crewe's treatment of Music to Watch Girls By. Take Herb Alpert, strip out most of the Latin elements, substitute the perky madness of Esquivel's chorus, and you have Brass Impact. It does have impact. At times, particularly in some treatments of then-popular sambas, Kime achieves the bombast of Quincy Jones' and Roland Kirk's classic "Soul Bossa Nova," but without the soul. Fortunately, Kime seems to have caught Command between its fascinations with stereo and quadrophonic channel separation; here the focus simply is on developing the "now sound" with easy listening for parents of the Woodstock generation. ABC/Command issued a two-fer in 1973 titled Dynamic Brass Impact.