Joanne Brackeen

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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.

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