Review: Anthony Branker & Ascent, ‘Dance Music’

3 08 2011

Another new review from Downbeat’s July edition. Great stuff — and always a pleasure to see what Tia Fuller’s contributing to these days.

On his third Ascent project, Princeton educator Anthony Branker challenges any preconceptions that a composer’s erudition might impinge upon the accessibility of a composition. From the hummingbird-paced piano and horn vamp that opens the rousing “House of Brotherhood of the Black Heads” to Tia Fuller’s blistering, break-away solo on “The Renewal,” Branker’s material inspires buoyant, animated performances from his sextet … Read more

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