fine funky fusion Anthony Branker and Imagine – Songs My Mother Liked

fine funky fusion Anthony Branker and Imagine – SONGS MY MOTHER LIKED:  We’ve been in love with the kind of fine funky fusion composer and musical director Dr. Anthony Branker creates for us ever since we first reviewed his “Spirit Songs” album way back when.  Listen as he explains about putting together his new release, which is due out on 21 June, 2024…

Don’t hesitate to SUBSCRIBE to Anthony’s YouTube channel to enjoy several other strong performances… (I signed up right away).

One of the most intriguing songs I’ve heard (yet) in 2024 is the powerfully moving “The House of the Brotherhood of Black Heads“… the trumpet leads by Philip Dizack simply stunning, and all the other players shine brilliantly as well.  You’ll find yourself repeating this track over and over (and OVER) again!

After listening through and absorbing all of the dozen delightful tunes, it was easy to make my choice for personal favorite… the opener, the 6:02 “Praise“, stands out from all the rest – in large part due to the amazing sax work from Donny McCaslin, who’s long been one of our favorite soloists.  All the players join in to give you one of the most soulful musical experiences you will ever be privy to.  Absolute excellence.

I give Dr. Branker and all the players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this superb jazz journey.  Get more information and pre-order the album on the Bandcamp page for the album.

Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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