Singer Vanessa Rubin and saxophonist Don Braden have been friends since the early 1980s. Nearly 30 years later they released their first CD together: Full Circle. This is a very soulful, blues-influenced session due in no small part guitarist DaveStryker, organist Kyle Koehler and drummer Cecil Brooks III completing the ace band. Full Circle by Vanessa Rubin and Don Braden premieres this morning on 89.1Jazz
Buoyed by being selected as WEMU's blues fundraising premium, Robert Cray's newest CD, "Nothin' But Love" was the most played disc this past week on 89.1. Even if Cray's recording hadn't been chosen as a WEMU "thank-you gift", it would likely have risen to the top of our "Sweet Sixteen" by virtue of it's excellence.