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Anthony Branker & Ascent: Dance Music

Read "Dance Music" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Dieci brani arrangiati da Anthony Branker compongono la scaletta dell'ottimo Dance Music, album che già dal titolo lascia intendere ciò che si andrà ad ascoltare, anche se la musica che contiene non è proprio tutta da ballare, anzi. Ma andiamo con ordine, mettendo subito l'asterisco vicino al nome della vocalist Kadri Voorand, la quale, con il ...

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Anthony Branker & Ascent: Dance Music

Read "Dance Music" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Anthony Branker continues to experiment with the standards of large group musical tradition on Dance Music. Leading a revised version of his Ascent ensemble, the composer/musical director takes a different approach than the Latin influences on Blessings (Origin Records, 2009). Only on the last of ten tracks, “Depende," is there a composition in that vein, but ...

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Anthony Branker & Ascent: Dance Music

Read "Dance Music" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Dr. Anthony Branker holds an endowed jazz chair, and is currently director of the Program in Jazz Studies at Princeton University. A composer and musical director, Branker established the jazz collective, Anthony Branker & Ascent in 2004, featuring an A-list of players--among them, saxophonists Tia Fuller and Ralph Bowen fronting a light ensemble, with vocalist Kadri ...

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Anthony Branker & Ascent: Blessings

Read "Blessings" reviewed by John Barron


Composer/arranger Anthony Branker and his ensemble Ascent follow up on the critically acclaimed release Spirit Songs (Sons of Sound, 2006) with Blessings, a spirited collection of progressive jazz. The music was composed during a residency Branker participated in at the Estonian Academy of Music where he represented the United States as a Fulbright Scholar. The recording ...

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Anthony Branker & Ascent: Spirit Songs

Read "Spirit Songs" reviewed by Ken Franckling


Primarily working outside of the major league jazz spotlight, but not far from it by any means, Anthony Branker is crafting some of today's finest compositions--and has assembled the sextet Ascent to bring them to musical life. Spirit Songs consists of tunes Branker has written since 1997, performed by a rather formidable unit: ...

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Anthony Branker & Ascent: Spirit Songs

Read "Spirit Songs" reviewed by Robert R. Calder


This star of Spirit Song is Ralph Peterson, not on the trumpet he occasionally plays, but as a drummer who's as much in the front line as any hornman on the date, needing and finding as much inspiration and as many ideas as any horn soloist. Often he plays pretty well in duet with each of ...

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Anthony Branker & Ascent: Spirit Songs

Read "Spirit Songs" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Composer and arranger Anthony Branker shows an inclination toward the spiritual on this aptly titled effort, also tilting his pen in tributes to Miles Davis and John Coltrane. As an arranger, he has the gift of letting ensemble lines and solo spots tell their separate, but nevertheless connected stories. All of this works to the good, ...


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