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Branker, Anthony & Word Play / Uppity
Album:Uppity Collection:Jazz
Artist:Branker, Anthony & Word Play Added:04/2013
Label:Origin Records 

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Reviewed 2013-04-21 
ANTHONY BRANKER & WORD PLAY: Uppity
Origin, 2013

POSTBOP – Princeton-based composer Branker runs a tightly-knit sextet through some well put-together tunes. Some tracks flirt with a fusion or soul-jazz sound, others are more bop oriented. Ralph Bowen (sax) and Andy Hunter (trombone) have great rapport. A rougher, sharper edge could have made this set stellar, but it’s very nice as-is.

Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 4, 5

1. 6:05 – uptempo, jabbing riffs; sax/’bone trade off, then electric trio groove
2. 6:38 – very cool layered intro! a soulful laid-back groove; comes full circle
3. 8:24 – solemn ballad with trombone in front; wordless fem vocal adds soul
4. 6:50 – rolling postbop; solos glide easily over strong rhythm, relaxed middle
5. 7:10 – drums are all over this sly, angular piece: sneaky solos & interplay
6. 6:44 – the only flat track: synth undermines an otherwise thoughtful ballad

[ Fo ] - 21 April 2013

Track Listing
1.Let's Conversate! 4.Across The Divide
2.Dance Like No One Is Watching 5.Uppity
3.Three Gifts (From A Nigerian Mother To God) 6.Ballad For Trayvon Martin