Dialogic

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
On his recorded output, Anthony Branker has shown consistent growth as a composer/arranger working with small groups. For this session he is musical director for a quartet featuring several veterans of earlier recordings, including saxophonist Ralph Bowen, bassist Kenny Davis, and drummer Adam Cruz, adding pianist Jim Ridl. Branker's writing style isn't easy to classify, as he fits equally into post-bop and modern creative, while his skills composing ballads also merit praise. The infectious, spirited "Ancestral Tales" seems like an African walking song, with its delightful polyrhythms and formidable solos by Bowen (on soprano) and Ridl. The pianist opens "Land of Milk and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
On his recorded output, Anthony Branker has shown consistent growth as a composer/arranger working with small groups. For this session he is musical director for a quartet featuring several veterans of earlier recordings, including saxophonist Ralph Bowen, bassist Kenny Davis, and drummer Adam Cruz, adding pianist Jim Ridl. Branker's writing style isn't easy to classify, as he fits equally into post-bop and modern creative, while his skills composing ballads also merit praise. The infectious, spirited "Ancestral Tales" seems like an African walking song, with its delightful polyrhythms and formidable solos by Bowen (on soprano) and Ridl. The pianist opens "Land of Milk and Honey" with an impressionistic solo suggesting a pastoral setting, with the mood turning to a loping jazz waltz as Bowen enters on his majestic tenor sax. "Skirting the Issue" features Ridl switching to Fender Rhodes and Bowen back on soprano, interpreting the insistent, funky work with a deft touch. "The Selfless Soul" is a lush ballad showcase for Bowen on tenor, with subtle backing by the rhythm section. "Dance of the Aesthetics" builds upon a repeated motif, featuring Bowen's energetic soprano backed by Davis and Cruz playing a lively African rhythm. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2011
  • Label: Origin Records
  • UPC: 805558259722
  • Catalog Number: 82597
  • Sales rank: 367,763

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ancestral Tales - Anthony Branker (5:35)
  2. 2 Land of Milk and Honey - Anthony Branker (6:47)
  3. 3 Iggery-Poncheek - Anthony Branker (7:37)
  4. 4 Skirting the Issue - Anthony Branker (8:17)
  5. 5 Y Not? - Anthony Branker (7:46)
  6. 6 The Selfless Soul - Anthony Branker (6:30)
  7. 7 Dance of the Aesthetics - Anthony Branker (3:37)
  8. 8 More Than Words - Anthony Branker (5:06)
  9. 9 The Fire Spitters - Anthony Branker (6:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anthony Branker & Word Play Primary Artist
Ralph Bowen Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Davis Acoustic Bass
Adam Cruz Drums
Jim Ridl Piano, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
John Bishop Layout
Mike Marciano Engineer, Mastering
Anthony Branker Arranger, Composer, Producer, Music Direction
Mike Bentley Cover Photo
Victor L. Schermer Liner Notes
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