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Anthony Branker & Ascent: Dance Music

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Dieci brani arrangiati da Anthony Branker compongono la scaletta dell'ottimo Dance Music, album che già dal titolo lascia intendere ciò che si andrà ad ascoltare, anche se la musica che contiene non è proprio tutta da ballare, anzi.

Ma andiamo con ordine, mettendo subito l'asterisco vicino al nome della vocalist Kadri Voorand, la quale, con il suo timbro sensuale, caldo ed elegante, riversa a piene mani una grande dose di qualità espressiva sull'intero lavoro. Voce che segna piacevolmente quattro brani originali, sia che si tratti di ballad, come la preziosa "Mysterious Ways," sia che il tempo scelto sia leggermente più sostenuto, come in "Asking Answers," brano dalla grande forza comunicativa. La riuscita dell'ensemble Ascent va ritracciata - oltre che in una ritmica impeccabile - anche nella prima linea di fiati messa in campo da Branker: Tia Fuller all'alto, Bowen in alternanza tra tenore e soprano con Clifford Adams Jr. in appoggio al trombone, garantiscono pienezza di suono, buon movimento d'insieme e qualche solo di sicuro impatto, che restituisce una notevole cifra di imprevedibilità.

Da segnalare, tra i diversi momenti d'interesse, anche l'intervento del chitarrista Freddie Bryant, che in "Truth" riesce a lasciare un solco profondo del suo passaggio grazie a un solo di classe.


Track Listing: The Renewal; Mysterious Ways; Dance Music; A Smile Awaits; Asking Answers; The House of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads; The Holy Innocent; A Beautiful Life; Truth; Depende.

Personnel: Anthony Branker: musical director; Kadri Voorand: vocals (2, 5, 7, 8); Tia Fuller: alto saxophone; Ralph Bowen: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone; Clifford Adams, Jr.: trombone; Jonny King: piano; Kenny Davis: bass; Adam Cruz: drums; Freddie Bryant: guitar (9);

Title: Dance Music | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Origin Records

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