Tenor saxman Don Braden delivers his own special musical treat to jazz fans with his new release, "The voice of the saxophone". Don's vibrant busy sounding saxophone speaks with a loud voice that comes through with distinct clarity and vision. Don is well-known through his efforts as music supervisor of the hit TV show, "Cosby". However, Don's talents go well past what he has done for the "Cosby" show. Don began playing sax at the at of 13 and at age 15 he joined his first professional jazz band. Later, Don attended Harvard University from 1981 to 1984 not to study music but Engineering and Applied Sciences while also playing in the Harvard Jazz Band. Don truly understands how to apply the science of creating great music and it shows in his original and recreated compositions featured on this release.
This self-taught saxman has worked as a leader with Roy Haynes, Tom Harrell, Art Framer and has played as a sideman with Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard and J.J. Johnson. On the Wayne Shorter original, "Speak no evil", Don and trombonist Frank Lacy combine to form a dynamic duet delivering creative power to this classic jazz tune. Each is given space to air out their strong personal feelings in solo while coming together to express a unified musical direction. Don echoes our feelings on this CD by saying, "I'm proud of it, I really worked hard and the band played its tail off. The energy in the studio was great, the players focused and it's all there. I love this record." And so do we!