9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up 2017’s Somewhere in Between, saxophonist and vocalist Braxton Cook continues to map out a space on the fault lines between genres, where new sounds might take root. Jazz-infused instrumentals like “We Major,” “Lost Ones,” and the title track foreground a live band sound, with Andrew Renfroe’s lacerating but always melodic guitar in dialogue with Cook’s pliant alto. But Cook’s strong, yearning voice reigns over most of the album, atop sandpapery programmed beats and textures that nod to slow-jam R&B, sultry pop, and gritty rock. When he’s not singing of love’s comforts and uncertainties and the hard work of moving on, he’s stretching the alto sax’s sonic character, often camouflaging it in hazy, futuristic effects tailored to the music at hand.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following up 2017’s Somewhere in Between, saxophonist and vocalist Braxton Cook continues to map out a space on the fault lines between genres, where new sounds might take root. Jazz-infused instrumentals like “We Major,” “Lost Ones,” and the title track foreground a live band sound, with Andrew Renfroe’s lacerating but always melodic guitar in dialogue with Cook’s pliant alto. But Cook’s strong, yearning voice reigns over most of the album, atop sandpapery programmed beats and textures that nod to slow-jam R&B, sultry pop, and gritty rock. When he’s not singing of love’s comforts and uncertainties and the hard work of moving on, he’s stretching the alto sax’s sonic character, often camouflaging it in hazy, futuristic effects tailored to the music at hand.

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Ratings and Reviews

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allenjr41 ,

🔥🔥🔥

🔥🔥🔥

ShawnG318 ,

Grammy!!

This is amazing

HarlemJazz916 ,

Love music for the new millennium

The outro on Pretend is incredible. This is an album that I can listen to from beginning to end.

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