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MY BLUE NOTE OBSESSION

George Braith: The Complete Blue Note Sessions - 1963-64

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Playing two saxophones at once is a gimmick, and not a very good one. It can be done, and maybe if your name is Rahsaan Roland Kirk, you can even sell a few records doing it. But it's not a great artistic achievement, and the sound you get is mostly tinny and obnoxious. Which brings us to George Braith. In 1963 and '64, Braith recorded his first three albums as a band leader, all for Blue ...

BIG JAZZ NERD

George's Braithophone

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Big Jazz Nerd, Whatever happened to George Braith? I remember listening to him play on the street in NYC decades ago. Is he still playing? Roger Sales, Darien, Connecticut Roger: Yes, George Braith is still making music at age 67. His home base is in Milwaukee where he leads the Braith Family Singers--Flame, Jasmine, Taharqa, Chime, and youngest grandson Chris. Perhaps best known as the originator ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

George Braith: The Complete Blue Note Sessions

Read "The Complete Blue Note Sessions" reviewed by David Adler

George Braith is not as widely known as Roland Kirk, but he too made indisputably musical sounds playing two horns simultaneously. He in fact played one of Kirk’s signature instruments, the stritch (a type of straight alto), often in tandem with the soprano. This Blue Note reissue combines the three albums Braith made for the label between 1963 and 1965: Two Souls In One, Soul Stream, and Extension. Braith, guitarist Grant Green, and organist Billy Gardner appear on all three ...