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Information about Luminosity
Bright, soulful, grooving music intended to inspire strong, positive energy.

Luminosity CD Info
Featuring Don on tenor sax, flute and alto flute
Dave Stryker - guitar
Kyle Koehler - Hammond organ
Cecil Brooks III - drums
Special Guests: Claudio Roditi on trumpet & Sherman Irby on alto sax

Track Listing (Click the track name (if linked) to listen)
(Compositions by Don Braden except as noted:)
1.   Luminosity (aka Frist Steps)   6:19
2.   Jive Turkey (aka West Side)   5:55
3.   Bud Powell (by Chick Corea)   4:54
4.   Do Love Me Do   7:21
5.   The Time We Shared   5:32
6.   I Could Write a Book (by Rogers & Hart)  5:19
7.   Chelsea Bridge (by Billy Strayhorn)   6:22
8.   Walkin' the Walk   6:17
9.   A Whole New World (by Alan Menkin and Timothy Rice)   5:44
10. Driftin' (by Herbie Hancock)   6:16
About the CD:

"The music on Luminosity is intended to express my optimistic, go-out-and-get-it-done point of view," says Don Braden, "and, I hope, to enhance similar feelings in the listener. I believe the power of the jazz language and style is based on the energy, intelligence, resourcefulness and soulfulness of the Africans and African-Americans who withstood American slavery and the many challenges of life after slavery. Over decades, jazz has evolved marvelously to be embraced by people of all nations and races. It embodies freedom, fosters creativity, demonstrates intellect, symbolizes democracy and inspires motion and emotion, all while it entertains. It is a fantastic music style for conveying luminosity."

That lifelong love of music oozes from every note, from every phrase, on Luminosity, the new recording featuring Don Braden and his Organix Quartet (release date September 15, 2015,  from Creative Perspective Music). The group includes Hammond organist Kyle Koehler, guitarist Dave Stryker and drummer Cecil Brooks III, with Braden playing tenor sax, flute and alto flute. Joining the quartet as special guests are Claudio Roditi, blowing trumpet on the Rodgers and Hart standard "I Could Write a Book," and Sherman Irby, who contributes alto saxophone to the album finale, the Herbie Hancock-composed "Driftin'."

Check out the full liner note text here.

The CD has performed beautifully on national jazz radio according to, earning distinction as "Highest Debut (#17) and Biggest Gainer (+70). See the FB post about that here.

Below is some of the early press response to Luminosity:

“The 10-track program, an equal mix of originals and covers, brims with good vibrations, and Braden’s playing exudes positive energy, which is evident in his warm, glowing tone.”
Brian Zimmerman (

“Don Braden creates accessible music built atop the pillars of wit, honesty, swing, and heart, [and the Organix Quartet] delivers music that alternately cooks, calms, struts, and soars.”
Dan Bilawsky (

"The music jumps from the get-go, with Stryker diving right into a brief spin at the start of “Luminosity (First Steps),” its melody hinting at “Giant Steps.” Braden then gets his first showcase spot, plunging his gritty but clean-sounding tenor into a long, pirouetting improvisation before handing the solo space to Koehler, Stryker and Brooks... fully satisfying."
Philip Booth (

“Luminosity oozes with Braden’s trademark saxophone/flute virtuosity and compositional integrity.”
Paula Edelstein (

"Call this soul-jazz for the new millenium... This is a hot session[!]"
Ken Franckling (Ken Franckling's Jazz Notes)
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Luminosity Listed as a Top CD for 2015!
Downbeat Magazine: Best CDs of 2015 (CDs reviewed with 4 stars or more)
Bob Bernotas' Just Jazz Newsletter: Top 10 CDs of 2015
JazzWeek National Jazz Chart: Top 5 (#3)
Don Braden's and Sherman Irby's saxophones and flutes provided by:
Click here to hear Don's interview about Luminosity on WKCR-FM 88.9