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Tom Braxton – Lookin’ Up

Dynamic…Energetic…Charismatic…Warm-hearted…These are just a few adjectives that have been used to describe saxophonist Tom Braxton, whose distinct, melodic sound has been thrilling audiences of all ages from coast to coast and abroad for nearly two decades. This versatile instrumentalist and gifted composer is a seasoned performer who has the amazing ability to “grab the heart-strings” of the audience within the first few minutes of his show; engage them with his exceptional skill, wit, and charm; and leave them astounded, clapping, and on their feet screaming for more! This native Texan has recorded nine albums including The Other Side (2016 Sanae/Braxton collaboration), The Next Chapter (2014), Endless Highway (2009), and Imagine This (2007) on the Pacific Coast Jazz label and Bounce (2005) on the Rendezvous label.

With Lookin’ Up Tom Braxton joins Innervision Records. Feeling glum today? Turn on this bright, hopeful album and swing yourself magically into a different feel! Tom’s phenomenal album will have receiving tons of attention as it rightfully should! Watch out for it next year!

Tom Braxton and Robert Sanae – The Other Side

theothersideDynamic…Energetic…Charismatic…Warm-hearted…These are just a few adjectives that have been used to describe saxophonist Tom Braxton, whose distinct, melodic sound has been thrilling audiences of all ages from coast to coast and abroad for nearly two decades. This versatile instrumentalist and gifted composer is a seasoned performer who has the amazing ability to “grab the heart-strings” of the audience within the first few minutes of his show; engage them with his exceptional skill, wit, and charm; and leave them astounded, clapping, and on their feet screaming for more! This native Texan has recorded nine albums including The Other Side (2016 Sanae/Braxton collaboration), The Next Chapter (2014), Endless Highway (2009), and Imagine This (2007) on the Pacific Coast Jazz label and Bounce (2005) on the Rendezvous label.

His latest release, The Other Side, is a collaborative project with label mate Robert Sanae. Just like the perfect cup of coffee, Sanae and Braxton have brewed a delicious blend of contemporary, chill, and smooth jazz. Tom toured extensively with Wayman Tisdale for 17 years, also serving as Musical Director. Braxton has toured with Earl Klugh in South Africa, Malawi, Mozambique, and Japan, and he has also toured with Keiko Matsui in Russia, Eastern Europe, Malaysia, and Japan.

This project is available at Amazon.com.

Tom Braxton – The Next Chapter

TheNextChapterThe Next Chapter presents Tom Braxton at his best from up-tempo grooves to reflective ballads. When listening to the record, it’s easy to feel the love, joy, and positive energy. Tom is showcased on soprano, alto and tenor saxophones, as well as flute and keyboards. Braxton served as producer, writer and arranger on most of the material. However, he did have production assistance from the “”drummer to the stars,”” the late Ricky Lawson.

The Next Chapter combines lyrical melodies with invigorating rhythms from a variety of genres including dance music, sambas, soul and contemporary jazz. The title track, written by Braxton and pianist Jay Rowe, kicks off the CD with a “”hooky melody”” and a “”killer glide to the groove.”” Lawson’s energy is evident on “”New Horizons”” which features a fresh “”house beat”” that accentuates Braxton’s exciting tenor. Tom and Bob James take it “”south of the border”” and have some fun on “”Nuevo,”” a bossa tinged party for piano and tenor. Peter White joins Braxton for a beautiful rendition of Bread’s classic, “”Make It With You.”” White’s guitar and Tom’s soprano are a match made in heaven!

Braxton’s lively tenor is featured on the Spinners favorite, “”I’ll Be Around”” which showcases background vocals from Grammy winner Arthur Dyer. Braxton has been on the road with Grammy winner Earl Klugh, and they are mesmerizing in the sophisticated but simplistic “”Contemplation.”” “”Sunrise in Malawi”” inspired by a trip to Africa with Klugh, is an energizing song that will get your juices flowing. The legendary guitarist adds his signature sound to this early morning dance. The light and airy “”Tuesday Morning”” will have you singing all the way to work. Ricky Lawson interjected some old school into the project with the O’Jay’s hit “”I Love Music”” Lawson and Sean Dancy got the ball rolling and Braxton added his signature sax and horn arrangement to help get you up on your feet! Finally, Braxton displays his arranging skills with the classic hymn, “”It Is Well. The album is available at Amazon.com.

Tom Braxton – Endless Highway

After Imagine This Tom Braxton returns with his second album for Pacific Coast Jazz entitled Endless Highway. Tom Braxton regards his own life as highway with many obstacles and odds.

Tom comments: “We are all on this road of life, moving at our own pace, experiencing the smooth places where you can relax and the rough roads that can challenge and discourage you. But we must never forget how important it is to enjoy the ride!”

In this spirit starts the title song Endless Highway. All is in the groove and Tom Braxton blows the sax with a dynamic range and perfectly timed. Outstanding are the horn arrangement and Tom’s fellow musicians Larry Spencer (trumpet), Pete Branham (alto sax), and Don Bozman (trombone). I also like the keyboard chords which remind of George Benson’s Give Me The Night.

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Tom Braxton – Endless Highway

endlesshighwayListening to saxophonist Tom Braxton on his latest release, Endless Highway, one cannot help being filled with a sense of joy as his music swirls through your soul and leaves you spellbound as he cleverly caresses each note of his lyrical melodies. A seasoned performer, who knows how to charm audiences of all ages, Braxton has his own distinctive and recognizable sound which incorporates elements of Jazz, Latin, Funk and R&B. This new disc highlights Braxton as a composer, producer and arranger along with six of his original compositions that feature his effortless transition from soprano, alto and tenor saxophones to showcasing his versatility on piano, keyboards and flute.

Bursting with exhilarating grooves and sizzling hot horn arrangements, Endless Highway on the Pacific Coast Jazz label, manages to lift Braxton to a new level of artistry as he pays homage to his friend and mentor, professional basketball player and bass guitarist, Wayman Tisdale, who recently died battling cancer. Braxton spent over seventeen years blending his sound with the gifted entertainer and the track, “That Wayman Smile,“ is dedicated to his loving spirit. “Wayman’s passing,” according to Tom, “is a reminder of our mortality and has made me determined to live my life to the fullest every day as I realize that tomorrow is not a guarantee for any of us.”Endless Highway is a testament to the many challenges Tom has faced along his highway of life, and he hopes it will help others as they continue down their own road. “We are all on this road of life, moving at our own pace, experiencing the smooth places where you can relax and the rough roads that can challenge and discourage you. But we must never forget how important it is to enjoy the ride!”

And Braxton definitely takes us on a memorable ride on this sensational soundtrack. Joined by an outstanding array of instrumentalists and vocalists, this recording is a toe-tapping, colorful, groove-oriented excursion with a sophisticated urban flavor that will make you feel like dancing and singing all day long. From the first and title track, “Endless Highway,” which signifies the beginning of this rhythmic ride, to the final track, “Home Sweet Home,” that transports us to the end of the CD that chronicles the many experiences we face in life, Braxton creatively completes the full circle of a smooth jazz journey.

Recognized as a proficient and skilled musician and collaborator, Tom has shared the stage with renowned artists including Dave Koz, Rick Braun, George Duke, Kirk Whalum, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Golub, Marcus Miller, Luther Vandross and Phillip Bailey. He has opened concerts for numerous jazz luminaries such as Norman Brown, Boney James, Najee, Dave Brubeck, Cab Calloway, Spyro Gyra, The Rippingtons, David Benoit, Pieces of a Dream, Michael Franks and The Crusaders.

Without a doubt, Endless Highway will drive Tom Braxton to the top of the charts while we take a trip with his inspiring tunes at home or on the road. So get ready to pack your bags, roll down the windows and crank up the volume in the “Braxton tradition.” “Creating music that brings people joy is my mission in life,” says Tom. Looks like he has accomplished his mission on Endless Highway.

Source: Pacific Coast Jazz