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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
While spending time in Estonia on a Fullbright scholarship, composer Anthony Branker put together a long series of contemporary jazz compositions. Returning to the states, the group Ascent was put together largely around him and his work, and began releasing albums beginning with 2006's Spirit Songs. On Blessings, the group works its way through a pleasing mix of layered jazz. There are always melodic lines playing here -- even in the quieter moments, there will be a horn starting to croon its way into a buildup. Where the music isn't slowly building as in "Sacred Song", it tends toward the highly complex, anchored more often than not by the intricate vibe posturing of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
While spending time in Estonia on a Fullbright scholarship, composer Anthony Branker put together a long series of contemporary jazz compositions. Returning to the states, the group Ascent was put together largely around him and his work, and began releasing albums beginning with 2006's Spirit Songs. On Blessings, the group works its way through a pleasing mix of layered jazz. There are always melodic lines playing here -- even in the quieter moments, there will be a horn starting to croon its way into a buildup. Where the music isn't slowly building as in "Sacred Song", it tends toward the highly complex, anchored more often than not by the intricate vibe posturing of Bryan Carrott as in the opening title track. The music stays in full ensemble format throughout, letting each player shine in their respective solos, but seemingly deliberately avoiding too many flights of fancy outside of the proscripted times. While the individuals may twinkle periodically, it's the compositions that hold attention, and they're quite good -- perhaps nothing entirely new to many listeners, but it's solid work. With strong compositions and stronger players, it makes for a fine outing throughout.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Origin Classical
  • UPC: 805558252723
  • Catalog Number: 82527
  • Sales rank: 397,251

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ascent (6:40)
  2. 2 The Holy Innocent (6:47)
  3. 3 Crystal Angel (9:16)
  4. 4 Sacred Song (4:48)
  5. 5 Blessings (6:25)
  6. 6 Arise (6:55)
  7. 7 Wisdom (5:55)
  8. 8 Never Alone (7:40)
  9. 9 Praise (8:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anthony Branker & Ascent Primary Artist
Ralph Bowen Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Sax (Sopranino)
Steve Wilson Alto Saxophone
Bryan Carrott Vibes
Wilby Fletcher Drums
Clifford Adams Trombone
Belden Bullock Bass
Jonny King Piano
Renato Thoms Conga
Johnny King Piano
Technical Credits
Michael Marciano Engineer, Mastering
Anthony Branker & Ascent Arranger, Composer, Producer, Musical Director, Cover Photo
Anthony Branker Arranger, Composer, Audio Production
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