"Ben and John Britton are two extremely talented young jazz musicians, with a clear knowledge of the past but an eye
towards the future. Check them out!" - Chris Potter
"hard grooving" - Hank Shteamer, Time Out
Full review at Allaboutjazz.com - http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=36120
"their sax and trumpet playing are all their own" - Chris Spector, Midwest Record.com
"compelling music" - George Carroll, Cabaret Exchange
John Britton - Trumpet; Ben Britton - Tenor Saxophone; Chris Potter - Tenor Saxophone on tracks 2 & 8
Taylor Waugh - Acoustic Bass; Austin Walker - Drums; Jeremy Siskind - Piano
A note to interested musicians: An exciting part of our release is some free content for you. At our website we have free Play-Alongs of a few of our tracks and free transcriptions of Chris Potter's solos from the album. Go to our site www.thebrittonbrothers.com and click to the free stuff section to find it all.
Ben and John Britton have entered the jazz scene confidently with their debut album, Uncertain Living. With a collective approach developed throughout years of playing together, they have arrived to a music that is forward thinking and invites a wide range of listeners. At an early point in life, Ben and John dedicated their lives to music, and their upcoming release is the first offering of their hard work and dedication.
The Britton brothers, raised near Annapolis, MD, have been playing music together from an early age. They have developed a strong musical bond as well as unique and creative approaches to improvisation. Both started playing piano at a young age and learned to love jazz in their teenage years. Together they participated in the Peabody
jazz prep program as well as participated in the Essentially Ellington competition with their high school. Both went to Eastman School of Music for their Undergrad degrees and served voluntary two year missions for the LDS church. Since then, both have continued their musical journey with consistency and passion. The Britton Brothers have a bright horizon with many opportunities and an optimistic eagerness to make a difference in the world of music.
Extra Fuzz - The idea behind this tune was to take a small musical idea and expand it gradually. Most importantly, there needed to be a strong feel-good groove to each section. -John
Anticipation - For this track I tried to write a tune with several sections tied together by a common idea. With its chill vibe, the composition turned out much different and better than I first imagined -John
June Humidity - While we were playing through several of Jeremy's tunes this one stood out with its unique Monkish vibe. We thought it would add a different color to the album and open other avenues of creativity. -Ben & John
Molo - This one was composed as I was trying to find a unique melody to set to a common swing feel. The title is in dedication to a supportive soul in the jazz world. -Ben
Uncertain Living - This composition represents both the uncertainties in taking on the rest of our lives and those that exist in the world around us. Though there is a darker feeling to the song, its conclusion is hopeful, which is the song's take home message. -Ben
Come Thou Fount - On a spiritual note, this religious hymn, composed by Asahel Nettleton, represents our commitment to God. -Ben & John
Mr. John McNeil - This tune is dedicated to the great trumpet player and composer John McNeil. The composition is in the vein of McNeil's style with a quirky melody and a free approach to the solos. -John
Ducks In A Row - This song's angular edge felt like a perfect fit for Chris Potter's saxophone playing. The intense energy of the band on this take made it an easy pick as the album's closing statement. -Ben
Special thanks to Mom and Papa Britton, the members of the band, Chris Potter, Robin, Nana, Anna, Chrissy, Ontario, Meggan, Frankie Withers, Nancy and Mike at Systems II, Frank Fontaine, Angela Kent, Clay Jenkins, Walt Weiskopf, George Garzone, our past and present teachers, and all our family and friends.
About the Musicians
"John Britton is a very creative and musical trumpet player. His improvisations strike a wonderful balance of energetic
personality, fundamental skill, passion, and respect." - Clay Jenkins
Over the years John has joined jazz legends Frank Mantooth, Wycliffe Gordon, and Peter Erskine among others. John is known for his individual style of improvisation and as a captivating soloist. With his sense
of purpose and direction, there is much more to come!
About Ben -- "A real jazz tenor player and a true improviser." - Walt Weiskopf
Ben has performed at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Arundel Jazz Festival, the Lincoln
Center, the Kennedy Center, Dizzy's Club and at many other venues. He has shared the stage, throughout his education and career with a number of noted musicians, such as Rich Perry, Dick Oats, Nina Beilina and her
group Bachanalia, John Clayton, Walt Weiskopf, and others.
"Austin Walker is a very mature young musician.
He is fluent in many styles, has a great attitude and plays with the right spirit." - John Riley
Austin is known for his ability to be a supportive foundation in any musical situation
while creating tremendous amounts of tension and release,colors, and textures. Austin has performed in venues all over the world including Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, The Iridium and Steinway Hall in New York City, The Bimhuis in Amsterdam, and Toronto's Rex Jazz Club.
About Jeremy Siskind -- “A remarkable young pianist.” - Marian McPartland
Siskind, a Southern California native, received his bachelor's degree from Eastman School of Music in 2008, receiving a double-major in jazz performance and music theory. His career highlights include an episode as featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, selection as a finalist for the American Pianists Association's Cole Porter Fellowship, winning the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Award, and recently winning a Downbeat Student Music Award for "Outstanding Performance" in the "Original Song" category.
While at Manhattan School, Taylor Waugh was fortunate to study with Ernst Glerum and Arnold Dooyeweerd as an exchange student at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Taylor has also studied with Paul Gehman, Jeff Pedraz, Larry Ridley, and is currently a Graduate student of Jay Anderson in the Jazz Arts program at Manhattan School of Music.