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Anthony Branker & Imagine: Beauty Within

Composer-arranger Anthony Branker, former longtime jazz studies guru at Princeton, turns to his new Imagine quintet for his latest set of forward-looking acoustic-electric pieces. From the titles to the haunting, sometimes meditative textures, a spiritual core seems to inform these imaginative compositions, brought to life via a band featuring saxophonist Ralph Bowen, a longtime Branker … Read More “Anthony Branker & Imagine: Beauty Within”

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Bill O’Connell and the Latin Jazz Allstars: Imagine

It’s curious that Bill O’Connell’s 11th album as a leader is titled after the revered John Lennon anthem covered within, because it’s atypical of most of his work. O’Connell’s stock-in-trade is bop-tempered Afro-Cuban rhythm, and few traces of such surface during the elegant float through the song. But what the pianist and his sextet do … Read More “Bill O’Connell and the Latin Jazz Allstars: Imagine”

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