“He’s someone that you should keep your eye on. And don’t let his baby face fool you, as his talent is fully grown.” —Soul Bounce
We found ourselves transfixed by the intelligent phrasing and rich tone of a young saxophonist named Braxton Cook." —Fritz Hahn, The Washington Post
On January 23, 2014 emerging jazz artist, Braxton Cook, released his innovative EP entitled “Sketch”. This EP is five tracks of soulful, contemporary jazz with an R&B twist. Braxton Cook is arriving on the jazz scene with a large sound and is truly making his presence heard. The talented musician’s saxophone is the voice that sings the melody of each track and this skilled musician and composer displays his range through the introduction of tender ballads like “Brody’s Lullaby” as well as FR&B inspired rhythms like “Wide Open.”
At the young age of 22, as a Juilliard student Braxton Cook accompanies the intellectual complexities of jazz with emotion and passion in each of his tracks. This young quartet of contemporary musicians features Braxton Cook on the saxophone and consists of Corey Fonville on the drums, Samora Pinderhughes on the piano and fender rhodes and Chris Smith on bass.
The EP’s title “Sketch” is reflective of freshness of Cook’s music and career. In the early stages of composing a piece, jazz musicians refer to these initial notes leading into a song as a “sketch.” That is exactly what this EP reflects for this inventive new composer. While the depth and passion behind each song featured on this EP is typically found in the music of veteran musicians and composers, it is only a sketch of the work to come from Braxton Cook.
As the product of an academic household, intellectual curiosity has always been innate in the way that Cook views life and music. Nevertheless, with southern family roots, soul and emotion has also played a large role in Cook’s upbringing. Braxton Cook merges the intersections of prophetic thought and emotion and spirituality throughout his EP, displaying a complexity far beyond his 22 years. Cook asserts that he hopes that the listeners of this EP will be attracted to the accessibility of the music. I want people to feel something, I want people to understand the elasticity of jazz and how it can easily incorporate elements of other styles of music while still maintaining its inherent qualities."