Posts Tagged ‘ Don Braden ’

Joris Teepe and Don Braden – Conversations

It took about seven years to complete, but Conversations by Joris Teepe and Don Braden (Creative Perspective Music, 2017) is worth the wait. A project that began in 2009 with the recording completed in 2016 mixes old and new, classics and originals.

Personnel are Teepe, bass; Braden, tenor saxophone and flute; with drum duties split by Gene Jackson and Matt Wilson.

Three classics open the set in stellar fashion. Chick Corea’s “Humpty Dumpty,” Elvin Jones’ “Three Card Molly” and Charles Mingus’ “Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat” showcase the partners’ complementary styles. The last of that trilogy is done sans drums. Braden (“Eddieish”), Wilson (“Stolen Time”) and Teepe (“We Take No Prisoners”) each penned one track.

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Don Braden and more – Hidden Jewels

Some CDs have “hidden” tracks. A glance at the label shows a list of 10 songs, but when you put the disc in the player, the counter shows 11. Recently, I discovered some hidden CDs – promotional copies that were sent to me several years ago. Due to a combination of timing and an accident that involved spring cleaning and broken furniture, several got separated from others that I was going to review at the time. Because of their age, there’s little point in giving individual reviews. But I do believe they deserve some mention.

So here’s a roundup of hidden jewels among my musical treasure:

Workin’ (Highnote Records, 2006) is a live recording by saxophonist Don Braden, featuring Kyle Koehler on organ and Cecil Brooks III on drums. Recorded at Cecil’s Jazz Club in West Orange, New Jersey, the set includes unique arrangements of vintage soul ballads like Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Can’t Hide Love,” as well as “The Closer I Get to You” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” Most of the other songs are also romantic. Braden’s tenor is clean and rich throughout, and his interaction with accompaniment is first-rate.

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