HighNote CD 7186
Don Braden may be best known for his work with television funnyman Bill Cosby, but his musical talents go far beyond this arena. Having replaced Branford Marsalis in Wynton's combo, and having appeared with Betty Carter, Roy Haynes, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Tony Williams, and the Mingus Big Band it is clear that his abilities on the tenor sax are formidable. Braden's latest release finds him and his colleagues at the top of their game. Braden is smooth (in the best sense) and has killer chops, George Colligan plays supportive piano, and Cecil Brooks III has a propulsive style on drums which nicely compliments Joris Teepe's big robust bass sound. But the hero of the date is Braden himself. Whether lingering effortlessly on ballads or burning down the town, Braden's playing is a model of tasteful energy and disciplined brilliance.
Don Braden- tenor saxophone, alto flute; George Colligan- piano; Joris Teepe- bass; Cecil Brooks III- drums
Tracks: Secret Love; Gentle Storm; Never Can Say Goodybye; What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?; This Masquerade; The Hunter; Willow Weep for Me; Two of a Kind; My Foolish Heart; Speedball
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