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The Braxton Brothers demonstrate their versatility and their handle on today's lite R&B/contempo genre onNow and Forever. The pair handle the production duties, split the compositional credits, and play most of the instruments on the disc. Wayne's primary axe is the sax, while Nelson uses his bass for lead lines as well as the more traditional foundational support. Both add keyboards and drum programming to the mix. There are other Bay-area notables present on the date as well, such as Ray Obiedo (guitar) and Michael Spiro (percussion). While the brothers perform competently and obviously have a good handle on the formula, some of the charts sound a bit thinly arranged, perhaps to allow Nelson's bass to remain more prominent in the mix without having to crank too high. All told, a pleasant but not overly remarkable set. (Windham Hill Jazz 11405)
Tracks:Kickin' Back; A Night to Love; Can We Try Again; Do You Remember; Angelina; Just Believe; All My Love; Saying Goodbye; Before You; Chance Encounter; Now and Forever. (53:17)
Wayne Braxton, saxophones, EWI, keyboards, drum programming; Nelson Braxton, bass guitar, lead bass, keyboards, drum programming; Ray Obiedo, Gerry Johnson, John "Jubu" Smith, Cedric Dennis, Bill "The Thrill" Hampton, Michael Alvarado, rhythm guitar; Louis "Paizley" Hinton, Tommy Bradford, drum programming; Sun, Peter Horvath, acoustic and electric pianos; Ledisi, vocals; Michael Spiro, percussion; Carlos Godinez, nylon string guitar.