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Anthony Branker & Ascent - Dance Music

Anthony Branker & Ascent -][- “Dance Music” – [Origin Records, 2010]

With a unique combination of depth and accessibility, Branker is able to put forth a jazz perspective steeped in soulful optimism.” – All About Jazz

Inspired by the desire to infuse his compositions with the spirit and sensibility of dance, Anthony Branker here gathers an A-list of modern jazz masters and applies his own brand of fire and infectious rhythm to a set of ten new compositions, several featuring vocalist Kadri Voorand. With the frontline of saxophonists Tia Fuller and Ralph Bowen, Clifford Adams Jr. on trombone, along with the rhythm section of Jonny King, Kenny Davis and Adam Cruz, Branker creates a powerful and energizing recording, further strengthening the claim made by All About Jazz that “Branker is crafting some of today’s finest compositions.

Track Listing:

1 The Renewal 5:46
2 Mysterious Ways 7:14
3 Dance Music 7:06
4 A Smile Awaits 6:13
5 Asking Answers 5:23
6 The House of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads 7:41
7 The Holy Innocent 6:03
8 A Beautiful Life 5:30
9 Truth 6:44
10 Depende 6:38

Performers:

Kadri Voorand – vocals
Tia Fuller – alto saxophone
Ralph Bowen – tenor & soprano saxophones
Clifford Adams, Jr. – trombone
Jonny King – piano
Kenny Davis – bass
Adam Cruz – drums
Freddie Bryant – guitar (9)
Anthony Branker – composer/musical director

..:: Source: Origin Records ::..