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Saxophonist Don Braden and His Trio Bring 'Conversations' to Morning Jazz

Don Braden in the studio at WBGO, on Morning Jazz.

The new album by saxophonist Don Braden and bassist Joris Teepe is called Conversations — as good a title as any to describe the results, both musical and colloquial, of their visit to Morning Jazz. They came with drummer Steve Johns, played a few tunes, and spoke with Gary Walker about the origins of the new record.

Conversations, which was released in May, features two drummers, Gene Jackson and Matt Wilson. For their album-release gig, Wednesday night at the Zinc Bar, Braden and Teepe will enlist drummer Jeremy Warren.

One of the tunes Braden and Teepe played in our studio, with Johns on drums, was "The Chicken," which Pee Wee Ellis wrote for James Brown. (It later had a robust second life in the hands of Jaco Pastorius.)

Here is a video of the performance, which skews more slinky than funky, but with no shortage of soul.

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosted the morning show each weekday from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.
A veteran jazz critic and award-winning author, and a regular contributor to NPR Music.