Joel Brandon: Haven't We All...?
When it comes to the flute, Brandon occasionally lets his brilliance get away from him. "Seamless" reveals Brandon's breath control as he speeds nonstop through a couple of choruses seemingly without taking a gulp of air. While impressive, the problem is that this approach literally runs over the melody. It isn't until Brown comes in with his piano break that you can appreciate the attractive melody line of this tune. On the other hand, the full impact of the flute's melodic and improvisional possibilities in Brandon's capable hands come to fruition in lovely renditions of "In a Sentimental Mood" and his own exotic "Lovielee".
Brandon gets superb help from the musicians he has brought into the studio with him. Special kudos go to master drummer Billy Higgins, percussionist Famoudou Don Moye and the inimitable Willie Pickens on piano. This is another winner from the Southport label and is recommended.
Track Listing: Haven't We All...?; Countdown*; Dedication*@^; The Whistler's Rhyme#; Seamless*@; Lovielee*@; In a Sentimental Mood*; Straight Ahead#
Personnel: Joel Brandon - Vocal/Whistler/Flute; Willie Pickens, Kirk Brown* - Piano; Harrison Bankhead - Bass; Billy Higgins/Morris Jennings@ - Drums; Famoudou Don Moye# - Percussion; Keith Henderson^ - Guitar
Record Label: Southport Records