Dance Music

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Anthony Branker directs his sextet Ascent in this stunning collection of originals. "The Renewal" is an insistent post-bop vehicle with fiery solos by alto saxophonist Tia Fuller and trombonist Clifford Adams, Jr. and tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen, followed by Jonny King's driving McCoy Tyner-influenced piano. The hip "Dance Music" is a trio showcase for Bowen, bassist Kenny Davis, and drummer Adam Cruz. The hard-charging post-bop vehicle "The House of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads" contrasts with the elegance of the ballad "Truth," which adds guitarist Freddie Bryant as a complement to Bowen's powerful tenor. Vocalist Kadri Voorand appears on four tracks, also ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Anthony Branker directs his sextet Ascent in this stunning collection of originals. "The Renewal" is an insistent post-bop vehicle with fiery solos by alto saxophonist Tia Fuller and trombonist Clifford Adams, Jr. and tenor saxophonist Ralph Bowen, followed by Jonny King's driving McCoy Tyner-influenced piano. The hip "Dance Music" is a trio showcase for Bowen, bassist Kenny Davis, and drummer Adam Cruz. The hard-charging post-bop vehicle "The House of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads" contrasts with the elegance of the ballad "Truth," which adds guitarist Freddie Bryant as a complement to Bowen's powerful tenor. Vocalist Kadri Voorand appears on four tracks, also contributing the lyrics. She's a modern wordsmith who isn't interested in simplistic Tin Pan Alley rhyming, but more of a free-form poet, yet her words beautifully fit Branker's compositions. She energizes "Asking Answers" with her spirited alto voice and adds a touch of playful scat to open the shimmering ballad "The Holy Innocent." Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Origin Records
  • UPC: 805558257926
  • Catalog Number: 82579
  • Sales rank: 289,667

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Renewal - Anthony Branker & Ascent (5:45)
  2. 2 Mysterious Ways - Anthony Branker & Ascent (7:13)
  3. 3 Dance Music - Anthony Branker & Ascent (7:05)
  4. 4 A Smile Awaits - Anthony Branker & Ascent (6:12)
  5. 5 Asking Answers - Anthony Branker & Ascent (5:23)
  6. 6 The House of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads - Anthony Branker & Ascent (7:40)
  7. 7 The Holy Innocent - Anthony Branker & Ascent (6:03)
  8. 8 A Beautiful Life - Anthony Branker & Ascent (5:29)
  9. 9 Truth - Anthony Branker & Ascent (6:43)
  10. 10 Depende - Anthony Branker & Ascent (6:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anthony Branker Primary Artist
Ralph Bowen Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Davis Bass
Adam Cruz Drums
Clifford Adams Trombone
Jonny King Piano
Freddie Bryant Guitar
Tia Fuller Alto Saxophone
Kadri Voorand Vocals
Technical Credits
John Bishop Cover Design
Mike Marciano Engineer, Mastering
Anthony Branker Arranger, Composer, Producer, Musical Director
Tatiana Gambetta Cover Photo
Kadri Voorand Composer, Lyricist
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