Ken and Harry Watters: Brothers III (2003)
While his brother Harry was serving in the armed forces, Ken Watters produced the exceptional Southern Exposure .
Now Harry is back and Brothers III
has crested the horizon. Brothers
and Brothers II
established the trumpet/trombone front line in the band, characterized buy a fluid, vibrato-less tone. This gives the group a shimmering sound that is at once plush and edgy. The most of the tunes are originals and are rhythmically challenging without being unlistenable. Harry comes back with fine solos on "Overflow" and "the Very Thought of You." Brother Ken whips out the flugelhorn, deepening the low brass effect where applied.
Every Watters Brothers disc has a surprise. Brothers had "The Girls Back Home." Brothers II had a cover of the Jesus Christ Superstar tune "Everything’s Alright." Now, Brothers III has a brief, straight treatment of "Free Bird," of all things. For this fine band, it's just perfect. The entire band is in fine form and this listener can only hope for more music like this. Bravo Watters.
For More Information, see Summit Records and Ken Watters .
Track Listing: Overflow; Whitesburg Bridge; You
Personnel: Ken Watters