Anthony Branker & Imagine

Songs My Mom Liked

Origin 82896

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Honing a hybrid of freewheeling post-bop and social commentary, abetted by judicious dollops of funk, fusion, spoken word, clave and polyrhythmic percussion...Branker incorporates these elements in broad, bold strokes, like a muralist. He has yet to make a bad record.
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Celebrating the life and resilience of his 88-year-old mother, composer Dr. Anthony Branker's 10th Origin release is a gift to Joan Branker who has been mightily challenged by the ongoing cognitive decline of dementia. Conceptualized after witnessing how her face would brighten and her body would start to move when listening to his earlier music, he was driven to re-imagine 11 of these compositions, along with "If...," written by his daughter at 11, for his brilliant ensemble, Imagine. Saxophonist Donny McCaslin, trumpeter Philip Dizack, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist Linda May Han Oh, drummer Rudy Royston, guitarist Pete McCann, and vocalist Aubrey Johnson each bring inspired musicianship and deep soul to the lyrical flow, ingenious rhythmic interplay, and spirited performances that have come to define Branker's projects. Songs My Mom Liked is yet another engrossing project and celebration of life, from the mind and pen of Anthony Branker.


Track Listing:

1 Praise 6:02
2 Sketches of Selim 7:02
3 The Holy Innocent (for KB and the Children of Gaza) 5:43
4 Crystal Angel 7:15
5 Land of Milk & Honey 6:15
6 The House of the Brotherhood of the Black Heads 6:58
7 Three Gifts (From a Nigerian Mother to God) 6:25
8 Imani (Faith) 5:47 For Mom
9 Hope 5:45
10 When We Said Goodbye 5:31
11 To Be Touched (By the Spirit) 5:47
12 If... 6:06

All compositions and arrangements
by Anthony Branker, J Prof Music, BMI;
except (12) by Parris Branker,
arr. by Anthony Branker, J Prof Music, BMI

Performers:

Donny McCaslin - tenor & soprano saxophones
Philip Dizack - trumpet
Fabian Almazan - piano
Linda May Han Oh - double bass
Rudy Royston - drums
Pete McCann - guitar
Aubrey Johnson - vocals
Anthony Branker - composer & musical director

Production Info:

PRODUCED BY Anthony Branker
RECORDED BY Mike Marciano of Systems Two, NY
at Samurai Hotel Recording Studios, Astoria, NY
RECORDED ON January 8, 2024
MIXED BY Mike Marciano & Anthony Branker at Systems Two, NY
MASTERED BY Mike Marciano at Systems Two, NY
COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY Rudy Royston
COVER DESIGN & LAYOUT BY John Bishop


Reviews of Songs My Mom Liked

Paris Move (Thierry De Clemensat)
Time passes, and an impressive number of connections are made year after year with people we admire. This is the case with composer Anthony Branker, one of the most remarkable American composers, with whom I will share an interview soon. In Anthony Branker's work, humanity is as significant as his music. We remember his impressive album released in ...

Marlbank (UK) (Stephen Graham)
We've long appreciated the work of the composer Anthony Branker going back over a decade to Uppity on the same issuing label here Origin - and our admiration grows still more. Themed as a celebration of and dedication to the composer's mother who is in her late eighties and who is suffering from dementia, Branker knows how much his music lifts his ...



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