May 1997

Brian King Nelson
Brothers
S & R

Nelson's inside-to-outside quintet offers a refreshing take on the tradition of McLean, Shepp, Ayler, et al. The leader, who composed nine of the ten tunes on the album, plays C-melody saxophone, on which he gets a big, pliant sound. Alto saxophonist Aaron Martin, pianist John Alaimo, bassist Jimmy Burgoff, and drummer Skip Barkley complete Nelson's musical brotherhood with big ears and generous expression. Definitely worth owning.

Originally published in May 1997
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