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Although this Candid CD (put out through Koch) may have an unfamiliar title, it is actually a reissue of pianist Joanne Brackeen's first album as a leader which was originally called Snooze. Assisted by bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Billy Hart, Brackeen (who was already 36) even in 1975 already had her own sound although she was more influenced by McCoy Tyner than she would be in later years. Brackeen interprets four of her own challenging originals plus Miles Davis' rarely performed "Circle," Wayne Shorter's "Nefertiti," the standard "Old Devil Moon," and a previously unreleased rendition of "I Didn't Know What Time It Was." This recording (cut between her stints with Joe Henderson and Stan Getz) was a strong step forward in Joanne Brackeen's brilliant career.


Born: July 26, 1938 in Ventura, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Joanne Brackeen is a gifted pianist and composer whose harmonically advanced, creatively complex, and rhythmically adventuresome music greatly enhanced the development of jazz during the closing decades of the 20th century. Born Joanne Grogan in Ventura, CA on July 26, 1938, she was mostly self-taught but did study at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Although her earliest inspiration was pop pianist Frankie Carle, her life was permanently altered by the music of Charlie Parker and she rapidly...
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Six Ate, Joanne Brackeen
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Mar 16, 1975

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