Anthony Branker & Imagine

What Place Can Be for Us?

Origin 82866

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Honing a hybrid of freewheeling post-bop and social commentary...Branker incorporates these elements in broad, bold strokes, like a muralist. He has yet to make a bad record.
JazzTimes

For his eighth release on Origin Records, composer Dr. Anthony Branker presents this captivating ten-movement suite that speaks to notions of "Place" and the overarching issues of inclusion and belonging, as well as circumstances of exploitation and zones of refuge experienced by people of color and other global citizens. It is brilliantly performed by the latest edition of his group Imagine, featuring tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, trumpeter Philip Dizack, alto saxophonist Remy Le Boeuf, guitarist Pete McCann, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Linda May Han Oh, drummer Donald Edwards, and vocalist/spoken-word artist Alison Crockett. Branker's ensemble takes his expansive compositional vision and infuses it with passionate performances drenched with lyrical flow and ingenious rhythmic interplay.

"(Branker) illuminates the pungent individuality of each musician without compromising the prominence of his own voice..." - JAZZIZ


Track Listing:

What Place Can Be for Us?
A Suite in Ten Movements

1. The Door of No Return 8:53
2. Sundown Town 7:21
3. I, Too, Sing America 4:04
4. Indivisible 6:04
5. We Went Where the Wind Took Us 4:47
6. What Place Can Be for Us? 8:30
7. Sunken Place 4:43
8. The Trail of Tears to Standing Rock 6:03
9. Sanctuary City 5:42
10. Placeless 5:45

Composed & arranged by Anthony Branker (J Prof Music, BMI)

Performers:

Walter Smith III - tenor saxophone
Philip Dizack - trumpet
Remy Le Boeuf - alto & soprano saxophones
Pete McCann - guitar
Fabian Almazan - piano
Linda May Han Oh - double & electric bass
Donald Edwards - drums
Alison Crockett - vocals & spoken word
Anthony Branker - composer & musical director

Walter Smith III appears courtesy of the Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Blue Note Records

Production Info:

Produced by Anthony Branker
Recorded by Mike Marciano of Systems Two, New York
at Samurai Hotel Recording Studios, Astoria, NY on August 5, 2022
Vocals Recorded by Brian Sullivan at Brian Sullivan Music Studio,
Upper Marlboro, MD on October 21, 2022
Mixed by Mike Marciano & Anthony Branker at Systems Two, New York
Mastered by Mike Marciano, New York
Front cover photo by Deneka Peniston
Liner notes by Michael Ambrosino
Cover design & layout by John Bishop




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