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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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