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Spirit Songs

by Anthony Branker & Ascent

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In the spirit of Oliver Nelson and Duke Ellington, composer Anthony Branker conducts an all-star band in a program of his infectious songs blending culturally diverse musical styles with modal jazz harmony.

Displaying a unique sense of lyricism and rhythmic groove, Branker brings together Brazilian, Cuban, African, and Jamaican music with a variety of jazz influences.

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released January 17, 2006

Anthony BRANKER, composer & band leader
Clifford ADAMS, trombone
Ralph BOWEN, saxophones
Antonio HART, saxophones
Jonny KING, piano
Ralph PETERSON. drums
John BENITEZ, bass

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Anthony Branker Princeton, New Jersey

The music of composer Anthony Branker stands firmly on jazz traditions while simultaneously pushing the boundaries in bold and beautiful new directions. Recently, he was named in Down Beat magazine’s 62nd Annual Critics Poll as a “Rising Star Composer.” Dr. Branker has recorded for Origin Records and Sons of Sound Records and has seven releases in his fast growing and musically rich discography. ... more

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