The Little Things
(Trippin 'N' Rhythm)
“Don’t ever forget that you just might wind up in my song,” Jimmy Buffett cautioned in the lyrics to his tune “Mañana.” Trumpeter Cindy Bradley’s husband, pianist and vocalist David Clark, might have heeded those words before his wife felt compelled to name a song “Snack Grouch” after him. “When we travel, my husband never wants to stop for snacks,” the upstate New York native related on her Facebook page in July. “So I gave him a name and wrote a song about it. LOL. I take my snacks seriously!” Bradley’s consternation doesn’t seem too serious on the sultry track from her album The Little Things (Trippin ’N’ Rhythm), which rings with wah-wah guitar textures and a slippery backbeat behind her steamy muted trumpet; the song was her eighth to reach No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart. Producer Michael Broening co-wrote the album with Bradley and plays keyboards and piano throughout, while Freddie Fox supplies heated guitar riffs, and Mel Brown and Skinny Hightower trade off on bass duties; Broening also provides the drum programming. Once again, Bradley crafts an appealing blend of straightahead jazz and funky groove.