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Anthony Branker


Composer, conductor, and bandleader Anthony Branker is an Origin Records recording artist who was named in Down Beat magazine’s 63rd & 62nd Annual Critics Poll as a “Rising Star Composer.” Dr. Branker has nine releases in his fast growing and musically rich discography that include: What Place Can Be For Us? (Origin, 2023), 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), which have featured Walter Smith III, Philip Dizack, Remy Le Boeuf, Fabian Almazan, Linda May Han Oh, Donald Edwards, Pete McCann, Alison Crockett, Rudy Royston, Ralph Bowen, David Binney, Conrad Herwig, Jim Ridl, Kenny Davis, Renato Thoms, Mark Gross, Tia Fuller, Steve Wilson, Antonio Hart, Clifford Adams, Andy Hunter, Eli Asher, Jonny King, Bryan Carrott, John Benitez, Belden Bullock, Adam Cruz, Ralph Peterson Jr., Wilby Fletcher, Kadri Voorand, and Freddie Bryant.


What Place Can Be for Us? - A Suite in Ten Movements

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Door of No Return; Sundown Town; I, Too, Sing America; Indivisible; We Went Where the Wind Took Us; What Place Can Be For Us?; Sunken Place; The Trail of Tears to Standing Rock; Sanctuary City; Placeless.


Spirit Songs

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Chant for Peace Eternal; Parris in April; Spirit Song; Sketches of Selim; Imani (Faith); In God’s Hands; Mentor; J.C.’s Passion.


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Chant for Peace Eternal

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 07:07


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Michael Dease, Bob Brookmeyer, Archie Shepp and More

Read "Michael Dease, Bob Brookmeyer, Archie Shepp and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This program has a wide range of newer and older modern jazz, including recent music from Michael Dease and Anthony Branker and older work from Bob Brookmeyer and the Archie Shepp Attica Blues Big Band. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Matt Mitchell, Anti-Rubber Brain Factory & Nite Bjuti

Read "Matt Mitchell, Anti-Rubber Brain Factory & Nite Bjuti" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Not much to say about Matt Mitchell, a true force in creative music. He continues to astound. He's returned to two earlier albums with different drummers on Oblong Aplomb, out on Out Of Your Head Records. It's a double, with Mitchell and Kate Gentile on one and Ches Smith on the second. French ensemble, Anti-Rubber Brain ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chico Pinheiro, Andy Emler, Franco D'Andrea, Vince Mendoza & New Releases

Read "Chico Pinheiro, Andy Emler, Franco D'Andrea, Vince Mendoza & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Medium-sized and large-sized ensembles shine in all their nuances through the music included on today's playlist. At the end of the set Brazil, France and Norway add their own touch.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Anthony Branker “What Place Can Be for Us?" What ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

We Sick, Soojung Lee, Jane Ira Bloom & Novembre

Read "We Sick, Soojung Lee, Jane Ira Bloom & Novembre" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

The release of We Sick is not until the end of April, but definitely watch for this fiery work of improvisation and passion. Not long after George Floyd's murder, pianist deVon Russell Gray, saxophonist Nathan Hanson & drummer Davu Seru recorded We Sick in an abandoned church across from the Minnesota state capitol which was surrounded ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Horace Silver, Bobby Broom & Anthony Branker

Read "Horace Silver, Bobby Broom & Anthony Branker" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 796th Episode of Neon Jazz with composer Anthony Branker and music from What Place Can Be For Us (Origin Records, 2023). From there, we dive into new music from the young NYC vocalist Emily Mazzella and her mentor Lonnie Leibowitz. From there, we profile tasty new music from the likes of Jimmy Farace, ...


Article: Liner Notes

Anthony Branker: What Place Can Be for Us? - A Suite in Ten Movements

Read "Anthony Branker: What Place Can Be for Us? - A Suite in Ten Movements" reviewed by Michael Ambrosino

Ma Rainey channeled music as her ritual of “singing to understand life." Congressman John Lewis leveraged music towards the “good trouble" he created fighting for civil rights in an uncivil land. Anthony Branker understands music as the calculus of his life's work—the art of weaving words and sound into transcendent tapestries that explore the rich, complex, ...


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