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The Braxton Brothers – Higher

Originally from San Francisco now based in San Diego The Braxton Brothers are the twins Nelson (bass) and Wayne Braxton (sax). They started their career with the debut album Steppin’ Out in 1996. Now and Forever followed in 1999, then Both Sides (2002), Rollin’ (2004) and True Love (2013).

Their new album Higher (2018) is exclusively their joint work. They wrote, produced and played all pieces themselves. Nelson performs bass (rhythm and lead), keyboards, percussion, drum programming, electric and acoustic guitar. Wayne handles saxophones, drum programming and background vocals. Chris Camozzi, Errol Cooney, Kay-Ta Matsuno, Ryan Parrino and Andy Quinn perform guitars on selected tracks.

Their impetus is to create music that make people feel good. The first tune of the album The Only Woman in the World was written by Nelson after a concert with Michael Bolten sitting in the touring bus during a Minnesota blizzard before he could return to his family and is a tribute to his beloved wife.

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The Braxton Brothers – Higher

There is a reason why the bass and saxophone melodies Nelson and Wayne Braxton aka The Braxton Brothers write are so lyrical. They compose by writing lyrics first, a unique twist for an R&B-jazz instrumental twosome that uses vocals on only two of the twelve new songs they wrote and produced for their sixth album, “Higher,” which drops August 24 from Braxton Productions.

“Yes, it is a different way of writing for instrumentalists, but for us, first and foremost, we never want to be background music. The purpose of our music is bigger. We feel that we have a higher responsibility. New music and new melodies move through us, giving people a reason to feel joy, have a good time, free them from stress, anxiety and problems; and show the listener love,” said Nelson Braxton, who worked on the album during his global travels while taking in views of the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, The English Channel, The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

Focused on their penchant for crafting irresistible melodies, The Braxton Brothers’ message is a higher love. Preceding the album release is the high-energy, feel-good first single, “The Only Woman In The World,” which ships to radio and goes for radio playlist adds in late July. Nelson, a bassist, wrote the exuberant song around 3am on a guitar during a Minnesota blizzard while on a tour bus passing the hours before he could call his wife back home. Such stories are typical of The Braxton Brothers’ inspirations. They describe their recordings as “photos that document our lives.” Nelson’s supple basslines and Wayne’s gregarious tenor and alto sax share euphonic, evocative tales of elated reunion (“Back In My Arms”); inner beauty vs. outer facades (“Beauty”); pursuing goals with faith (“Where I Wanna Be”); finding satisfaction in being loved (“Just To Be Loved”); the encouragement to look up when you’re down in a dark place (“What Would I Do”); and the comforting reassurance of having a loved one close and present (“I’ll Be Here”). Continue reading

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