9. A Whole New World (by Alan Menkin and Timothy Rice) 5:44
10. Driftin' (by Herbie Hancock) 6:16
About the CD:
"The music on Luminosity is intended to express my optimistic, go-out-and-get-it-done point of view," says Don Braden, "and, I hope, to enhance similar feelings in the listener. I believe the power of the jazz language and style is based on the energy, intelligence, resourcefulness and soulfulness of the Africans and African-Americans who withstood American slavery and the many challenges of life after slavery. Over decades, jazz has evolved marvelously to be embraced by people of all nations and races. It embodies freedom, fosters creativity, demonstrates intellect, symbolizes democracy and inspires motion and emotion, all while it entertains. It is a fantastic music style for conveying luminosity."
That lifelong love of music oozes from every note, from every phrase, on Luminosity, the new recording featuring Don Braden and his Organix Quartet (release date September 15, 2015, from Creative Perspective Music). The group includes Hammond organist Kyle Koehler, guitarist Dave Stryker and drummer Cecil Brooks III, with Braden playing tenor sax, flute and alto flute. Joining the quartet as special guests are Claudio Roditi, blowing trumpet on the Rodgers and Hart standard "I Could Write a Book," and Sherman Irby, who contributes alto saxophone to the album finale, the Herbie Hancock-composed "Driftin'."
"The music jumps from the get-go, with Stryker diving right into a brief spin at the start of “Luminosity (First Steps),” its melody hinting at “Giant Steps.” Braden then gets his first showcase spot, plunging his gritty but clean-sounding tenor into a long, pirouetting improvisation before handing the solo space to Koehler, Stryker and Brooks... fully satisfying."