*It’s evident when you hear the new album, “Higher,” of The Braxton Brothers that they were born to complement each other – being twins help also. Nelson plays the bass (and lead guitar) and brother Wayne plays the saxophone. Together they make the two sounds rock, superbly.
“He has a different way of looking at things,” said Nelson when I asked what differences the twins have musically. “He is more out the box…he is not trying to do what anyone is doing. He is fresh.”
Nelson, who has been on tour with Michael Bolton for 12 years, explains that he works with other artists so he has learned to adapt.
“I depend on that (Wayne’s out of the box style) to balance. He helps balance me,” Nelson said. “He works with other people too (Sheila E). What’s interesting is we still have the same music background.”
I think balance is a good way to describe why Wayne’s sax and Nelson’s bass (strings) work together superbly. The album also features lead guitarists Errol Cooney, Kay-Ta (LCR Music), Andy Quinn and Ryan Parrino. Both Nelson and Wayne offer skilled voices along with Joelobeack Neisler-Lebron.
“The record is made of music we made while living,” Nelson pointed out. “Music can uplift or bring them down. I hope listeners get joy from it and feel lifted from it…get up and do something. Feel inspired and loved.”
Well the “Higher” album sure had me wanting to get up and move my body. My favorite selections on “Higher” are #1 “The Only Woman in the World” because it’s upbeat and you get to hear the great blend the two musicians create and the lead guitar is the cherry on the cake; #3 “Back in My Arms” because it’s amazing how Wayne’s sax sings and Nelsons bass dances and I love how they reach an explosive point; #5 “Something in My Heart” because I immediately thought this song was so good ‘this belongs on a soundtrack”; #6 “Because of You” because it has a Pop flavor added to their Jazz sound that’s simplicity; #8 “Beauty” because it has a Reggae feel that makes you want to rock and the guitar strings on this is superbly done, and #11 “What Would I Do” because this time the bass sings – along with vocals that blend perfectly. www.TheBraxtonBrothers.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENT: 19th annual “Uplifting Minds II” Free Entertainment Conference Sat October 20th 1 – 4pm at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood) with EURweb publisher Lee Bailey, talk show host Melody Trice, television executive Tiaunte Kelly and singer Emmanuel Withers. Offering Entertainment Business panel and a talent showcase and competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) with over $15,000 valued in prizes. www.UpliftingMinds2.com.