Don Braden Organix Quartet – Luminosity

Cool, slick, warm, elegant. The listener gets some combination of those elements throughout Luminosity (Creative Perspective Music, 2015) by the Don Braden Organix Quartet.

The ensemble features Braden on tenor saxophone, flute and alto flute; Kyle Koehler, Hammond organ; Dave Stryker, guitar; and Cecil Brooks III, drums. Trumpeter Claudio Roditi and alto saxophonist Sherman Irby appear on one track each. No credit is given for a bassist, which usually means the organist covers the bass lines.

Stryker sets the tone for the bright, joyful “Luminosity (First Steps).” Tenor and organ perform a duet during the main theme. Then Braden takes off on a fun-filled jaunt. While he expresses, the others jam underneath. Koehler and Stryker keep it going when the baton is passed to them in succession. Brooks, who stretches out plenty underneath others, also gets a moment to shine.

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