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The Jazz Nurse. Betsy Braud is a busy woman. Her curriculum vitae includes university-trained musician (she studied with Alvin Batiste) and performs regularly in southern Louisiana. She is a registered nurse (practicing the most demanding nursing— home health). And she is a mother of three. Drawing from all aspects, Ms. Braud has formulated a prescription for the spirit: complex music well played.
Creole Gumbo The music of Betsy Braud is well trained and unique. The recipe sounds like a single part each of Monk, Bechet, and Professor Longhair. Braud seems to play one part soprano saxophone, one part flute and one part piano. She is joined by a young rhythm section of apparently talent local to her in South Louisiana. Her songs are upbeat piquant, with just that filé of Louisiana— a hint of the swamp. Check out the fractured blues of “3 a.m.” and the thoughtful “Wayfarin’ Stranger”.
Track Listing: 3 a.m.; Estou Buscando; Balewa; Indoor China; Sita Pigana Na Wewe; A Walk At Twilight; Mes Trois Filles; Wayfarin
Personnel: Betsy Braud: Flute, Piano; Soprano saxophone; Matt Ashman: Bass; Daniel Hotard: Guitar; gary Roberts: Drums; Michael Skinkus: Percussion.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.