Mason Brothers Quintet | Efflorescence

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by Mason Brothers Quintet

Brad and Elliot Mason are back with the second chapter of the Mason Brothers Quintet entitled "Efflorescence" This NEW CD by the UK siblings based in NYC features an all-star cast of Dave Kikoski, Johnathan Blake & Matt Penman recorded live at Dizzy's NYC
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Introduction
0:43 album only
2. Efflorescence
11:48 $1.49
3. Buses, Trains & Planes
8:53 $1.49
4. The Fate of 1958
10:04 $1.49
5. Black 7 Wanted
7:03 $1.49
6. Let Me Ask You Something
8:15 $1.49
7. Why Wood You Not Be Shaw
7:21 $1.49
8. Uleo
7:52 $1.49
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Album Notes
The Mason Brothers continue their musical journey with a release of their second album "Efflorescence". Described as “one of the most important trombone voices of today's generation,” Elliot is currently a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Brad has proven himself as one of New York's highly respected trumpet players and educators, and is a current member of Blood Sweet & Tears. Brothers Mason share a truly unique musical bond and vision when performing together. In their recent interview about the highly anticipated new album they explained the meaning of the album and their new musical path “With efflorescence we tried to capture and present an artists spiritual, intellectual and emotional flowering.” said Elliot, to what Brad added: “We wanted this record to start where “Two Sides, One Story” left off, and progress to find its own musical identity.”

LINER NOTES by Randy Brecker:

Philadelphia, where I was born and raised, being “The City of Brotherly Love” also is quite unique to “The Brother Thing in Jazz” which is particularly strong there. The Bryant Brothers (Ray and Tommy), The Grubb Brothers (Carl and Earl: ‘Trane’s cousins by his marriage to Naima), The Root Brothers (Billy and Frankie),The Barron Brothers (Bill and Kenny), The Eubanks Brothers (Kevin, Robin and Duane), The Heath Brothers (Percy, Jimmy and Tootie), are just the tip of the iceberg, and oh yes…I had a brother you might have heard of….!
So coming out of that tradition, having me write these liner notes to The Mason Brothers’ new Live CD has special significance to me, in that Brad and Elliot’s closeness to each other in Music and Life remind me so much of me and my brother Mike. Like us, Elliot (Trombone) and Brad (Trumpet and Flugelhorn) had the benefit of a perfect musical upbringing with their father being a music professor and getting them started at a young age correctly. Also like Mike and me, it goes without saying that The Mason Brothers have an uncanny musical brotherly ‘sixth sense’ wherein they don’t have to talk about phrasing, nuances, and overall’s just there. It’s in the genes.
Nowhere is that more evident than on their new live CD Efflorescence, which pertains to “reaching an optimum stage of development” (OK, yes, I had to look it up!)...and man, do they! I was captivated by their first CD Two Sides One Story and this record, let’s say, just takes it from where they left off and while maintaining that tradition, shows them both blossoming and breaking new ground and new perspectives. Aided by the incredible rhythm section of Dave Kikoski, piano, Matt Penman, bass, and Johnathan Blake, drums, who fit together like OJ’s glove (tight!), this CD really takes what I deem ‘Modern Music’ to new heights and beyond.
The album also features original compositions by Elliot and Brad, each of which are distinctive in their own right, and offer angular melodies that only they could play or dream up, and also forward-moving chord progressions that further articulate their musical visions. From the beginning strains of ‘Efflorescence’ by Elliot ,through ‘The Fate of 1958’ by Brad, and that quite incredible horn duo, leading into the last tune ‘Uleo’ by Elliot, you’ll be constantly amazed at the prowess and agility of these two.
As a trumpet player, I can say that they are also redefining the parameters of brass playing in it’s purest sense, and taking that aspect of their art into new realms too...quite ‘Efflorescent’ indeed!
-Randy Brecker



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