22 years is a long time NOT to play an instrument but that is exactly how long it had been before Les July decided to return to the instrument he started playing when he was 5 years old. Getting braces at 13 made the trumpet a very difficult instrument to play so Les switched to the bass and the guitar. Eventually he began making a living as a bassist, and started working with artists of all genres from Nile Rodgers to k.d. Lang to Dr. Dre to Slash. In 1991, Les was close to auditioning for Miles Davis. Unfortunately, Miles died before that ever happened and that is the main reason this record came to exist.
A few years ago, Vince Wilburn, Miles nephew & drummer, invited Les to a ceremony honoring Miles at Guitar Center in Hollywood. When he left the ceremony, he passed a music store, saw a trumpet in the window and bought it. He had not played in 22 years but felt a new beginning about to happen. Les thought about where Miles was musically before he died and how he brought the trumpet into modern pop & rock music. He also looked around and saw that no one else had picked up on this concept so he then decided to carry that torch. But first, he had to learn to play again.
“The Adventures of L.J. Horn” traces Les’ journey back to playing the trumpet while writing songs in a variety of genres to showcase the voice and concept Miles had left. Les related to the years Miles had spent away from the trumpet as well and also had medical setbacks that further delayed him being able to play. This record is an evolution and a real tribute to the music Miles made in the last 10 years of his life. Although covering and blending many genres and styles, it is a complete, well balanced cohesive work that works from beginning to end. The material is all original and if you loved Miles, you will love this record.