130

Betsy Braud and the Jazz Nurse Prescription: Just What the Doctor Ordered

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Betsy Braud and the Jazz Nurse Prescription: Just What the Doctor Ordered Multi-instrumentalist Betsy Braud is one of those rare Creole delights who surfaces on independent and self-produced releases from time to time. Her first appearance in the electronic ether was on 2000's Do You Want to Be Healed?, where she demonstrated an intimate familiarity with the music of a wide variety of artists, from Allan Toussaint to Thelonious Monk, from Sidney Bechet to Professor Longhair.

Just What the Doctor Ordered takes a hard right and investigates the music of the Caribbean. Her choice of the vibes as the harmony instrument for this recording bears this out (in spite of the fact that Braud's own under-rated piano shows up generously as well). And she really mixes things up. The opening piece, Earl Klugh's "Dr. Macumba, features Braud's tasty flute playing in a humid island dance. "Sure Had a Positive Influence Rave On features Braud's fine piano playing, highlighting her appreciation of both Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver. "So turns back south and features Braud's Gulf vocals to a very great effect.

While it's stylistically all over the place, Just What the Doctor Ordered is more tightly focused than Braud's 2000 effort. The Caribbean theme threads through the recording and is most effective on "Nene and "St. Thomas (of course!). Betsy Braud serves up another Louisiana treat that cannot help but please listeners.

Track Listing: Dr. Macunbra; Sure Had A Positive Influence Rave On; So; Nene; Kinda Monkish; Bunny Girls Bop; Tai Chi Cycling; Gotta Get Hip; Swing Da Cor.

Personnel: Betsy Braud--Flute, Piano, Soprano Saxophone; Michael Foster--Bass, Tuba; Chris Lee--Drums And Vibes; Gary Roberts--Vibes And Drums.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Latin/World


Shop

More Articles

Read Speechless CD/LP/Track Review Speechless
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Holiday On Fire CD/LP/Track Review Holiday On Fire
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Calvins Toboggan CD/LP/Track Review Calvins Toboggan
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Silent Light CD/LP/Track Review Silent Light
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 27, 2017
Read PausaLive CD/LP/Track Review PausaLive
by Patrick Keyes
Published: April 27, 2017
Read Adam's Apple CD/LP/Track Review Adam's Apple
by Greg Simmons
Published: April 26, 2017
Read "Infinitude" CD/LP/Track Review Infinitude
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 31, 2016
Read "Nakedonia" CD/LP/Track Review Nakedonia
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: August 25, 2016
Read "Of The Night" CD/LP/Track Review Of The Night
by Budd Kopman
Published: October 30, 2016
Read "The Behemoth" CD/LP/Track Review The Behemoth
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 9, 2017
Read "Colors for the Masters" CD/LP/Track Review Colors for the Masters
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: August 6, 2016
Read "As The Wind" CD/LP/Track Review As The Wind
by John Eyles
Published: January 12, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!