To coincide with the release of their album, Golden Earrings (Fresh Sound New Talent Records), young London alto saxophonist Sam Braysher (who has recently been heard playing with Jorge Rossy, John Warren, Barry Green, London Jazz Orchestra) has invited celebrated jazz pianist Michael Kanan over to the UK from New York City. Kanan is a real master with an exquisite touch, a world-class interpreter of standards who has collaborated extensively with jazz royalty including Jane Monheit, Jimmy Scott, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Peter Bernstein. Golden Earrings, Braysher’s debut, features takes on almost-forgotten treasures by Victor Young, Duke Ellington and Tadd Dameron, as well as one original composition. The disc also marks the first time that Fresh Sound New Talent, the iconic Barcelona-based record label, which launched the careers of Brad Mehldau, Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire and Kurt Rosenwinkel – has produced an album by a British bandleader. Expect a fresh and swinging approach to the timeless material of the Great American Songbook from these wonderfully melodic improvisers in an intimate and conversational setting.
“In the over crowded and competitive pit of new ‘young lions’, Sam Braysher’s retro futuristic poise brings a sweet balm to sore ears…” – Alex Garnett
“[e]mbellished lines full of trills and twirls… a young crowd came out to dig Braysher’s reworked classics” – Jazzwise
“…Sterling solo work from pianist Michael Kanan…” – LA Times