If Braxton Cook only decided to play his horn, then dude would probably have a really nice career. But it just so happens that Cook’s got vocal pipes that could make stones hoop and holler. With premieres on Pigeons & Planes as well as The FADER, Cook’s Somewhere In Between is the record you need to sit down with right now. Released on April 13 via Fresh Selects, Somewhere In Between features the talents of Mathis Picard on piano, Andrew Renfroe on guitar, bassist Joshua Crumbly, and Jonathan Pinson on drums. Vocalist Lauren Desberg and pianist Samora Pinderhughes also make appearances in Somewhere In Between. Armed with superior skills on the horn, Cook’s music also deploys his silky smooth vocal stylings to create a vibe and mood that just anyone could listen to.
“As a saxophonist and singer/songwriter, I like to experiment with different forms and song structure – this track is especially unique in that regard because the saxophone carries the majority of the melody,” Braxton explains to The FADER. “In addition, contrary to most songs the lead vocals play a small-but-crucial role because it explains what the song is about. Eventually the guitar and saxophone solos take over, trading back and forth until the song slowly dissolves into a groove. As a modern day Jazz musician and Millennial at the same time, I like to blend the lines between genres and styles while still maintaining elements of the tradition.”