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The Braxton Brothers — Higher

Aug. 19, 2018

It’s been quite a while since I’ve heard anything from twin brothers Nelson and Wayne Braxton, known as The Braxton Brothers (I think of them as the dynamic duo of c-jazz). Not surprisingly, they haven’t missed a step or lost a bit of that smooth and funky groove that catapulted them to the limelight in the mid-90s and on through their 2013 release, True Love. Here with Higher, the pair’s newest release, the vibe continues to be heavy, rhythmic, and tight.

Joined here by guest guitarists Chris Camozzi and Kay-Ta, the brothers pour loads of kickin’ soul and jazz into this project, which is, of course, packed with solid bass and sax lines.

This alluring music coolly beckons you to lend an ear and a piece of the musical you that longs for thick-bodied presence and catchy melodies in your jazz.

Everything here from the high-steppin’ lead track “The Only Woman in the World” to the rhythmic sway and catchy hook and melody of “You Care About Me” to the slick and saucy mid-tempo flavor of “Back in My Arms,” to the hard-drivin’, up-tempo, relatively short title track (you only get 2:55 of this groove, but you get all of that oomph with it) to the laid-back but still heavy “Something In My Heart” and beyond is all pure soul, funk, and jazz bearing that Braxtons seal of perfection.

Simply put, to know the Braxtons music is to love it. These guys are living proof that this music breathes and flows to the very essence of the c-jazz lover. Despite what predictions critics of c-jazz may make, here is solid validation that, as long as artists like the Braxtons keep pouring their very soul and creativity into this genre, it will remain a well-loved presence in the music realm. A++ product. – Ronald Jackson