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Anthony Branker

Composer Anthony Branker has recorded for Origin Records and Sons of Sound Records and has eight releases in his fast growing and musically rich discography. They include: Beauty Within (Origin, 2016), The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite (Origin, 2014), Uppity (Origin, 2013), Together (Origin, 2012), Dialogic (Origin, 2011), Dance Music (Origin, 2010), Blessings (Origin, 2009), and Spirit Songs (Sons of Sound, 2006). He leads three collectives that include Anthony Branker & Imagine, Anthony Branker & Ascent and Anthony Branker & Word Play, which have featured Ralph Bowen, Fabian Almazan, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston, Pete McCann, David Binney, Conrad Herwig, Jim Ridl, Kenny Davis, Donald Edwards, Renato Thoms, Alison Crockett, Mark Gross, Tia Fuller, Steve Wilson, Antonio Hart, Andy Hunter, Clifford Adams, Eli Asher, Jonny King, Bryan Carrott, John Benitez, Belden Bullock, Adam Cruz, Ralph Peterson Jr., Wilby Fletcher, Kadri Voorand, and Freddie Bryant.

Beauty Within

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Joy; Beauty Within; Loving Day (June 12); Prelude To Wisdom: (We Are) What We Are Not Yet; Many Roads Beneath the Sky; Grace; People Everywhere; (God's) Wisdom.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anthony Branker & Imagine: Beauty Within

Read "Beauty Within" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The two aneurysms that forced composer and musical director Anthony Branker to give up the trumpet in 1999 have done nothing to stem the tide of thoughtful and progressive music that he consistently delivers. Downsizing from his “Word Play" ensemble, Branker guides a quintet of new and long-time colleagues on Beauty Within. A regular ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Anthony Branker & Imagine: Beauty Within

Read "Beauty Within" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The “Rising Star" status isn't confined to fresh music school graduates. Dr. Anthony Branker, Educator--who, for twenty-seven years, was engaged in a big way with Princeton University's jazz program--has achieved a recent “rising star" tag as a composer. This after releasing seven top notch CDs for Origin Records, including the masterful Uppity (2013). “Composer/Musical ...

Uppity

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Let's Conversate!; Dance Like No One is Watching; Three Gifts (from a Nigerian Mother to God; Across the Divide; Uppity; Ballad for Trayvon Martin.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2013

Read "Dan McClenaghan's Best Releases of 2013" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Lots of extraordinary music. These are my picks for outstanding CDs of the year. Keith Jarrett/Gary Peacock/Jack DeJohnette Somewhere ECM Records Pianist Keith Jarrett's “Standards Trio," with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette, recorded Somewhere live in 2009. After thirty years together, the group is still growing. This will ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Paul Klinefelter and Jim Ridl at Rollers Flying Fish

Read "Paul Klinefelter and Jim Ridl at Rollers Flying Fish" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Paul Klinefelter and Jim RidlRoller's Flying Fish RestaurantPhiladelphia, PAAugust 16, 2013Roller's Flying Fish Restaurant, in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, offers live music in its intimate upstairs setting. The venue has featured top-of-the line jazz players including the legendary Mose Allison and guitarists Chuck Anderson and Jimmy Bruno. Recently, Paul ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Ralph Bowen: The Power Play

Read "Ralph Bowen: The Power Play" reviewed by Diana Kondrashin

[Editor's Note: A shorter version of this interview was originally published at Jazz.Ru. It has been translated and expanded exclusively for All About Jazz.]Ralph Bowen was born in Canada but he has pursued a jazz career in the United States for over 20 years, as tenor saxophonist, composer and arranger. He strikes neatly with ...

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Meet Dan McClenaghan

Read "Meet Dan McClenaghan" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I currently live in: Oceanside, CA I joined All About Jazz in: 2002 What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? I'd always sought out the reviews in the print magazines. Cruising the web, I found All About Jazz and liked it. I contacted Michael Ricci to see if he ...


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