The Braxton Brothers: Wayne Braxton (vocals, saxophone, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Nelson Braxton (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizer, acoustic & electric guitars, bass, programming).
Additional personnel: Chris Camozzi (acoustic & electric guitars).
Personnel: Wayne Braxton (vocals, saxophone, electric saxophone, Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards, bass synthesizer, drum programming); Cedricke Dennis (guitar, electric guitar); Gerey Johnson (guitar); Nelson Braxton (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, drum programming); Chris Camozzi (electric guitar, nylon-string guitar); Peter Horvath (electric piano); Sundra "Sun" Manning (Fender Rhodes piano); Tommy Bradford (snare drum); Pete Escovedo (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Michael Denton.
Recording information: Blue Cherry Music, San Jose, CA (2003); Crossroadz Studio, San Francisco, CA (2003); Gemini South, San Diego, CA (2003); Gemini Studio, San Francisco, CA (2003); Mozaic Music, Foster City, CA (2003); PM Studios, Thousand Oaks, CA (2003); The Back Room, Oakland, CA (2003).
Photographer: Cat Jimenez.
The Braxton Brothers are Rollin' on their second recording for Peak Records. The set is a vivid, upbeat, feel-good collection of 11 songs featuring Wayne Braxton on saxophones, keyboards, drum programming, and even vocals, while Nelson Braxton plays acoustic guitar, keyboards, piccolo bass, electric guitar, electric bass, and programs drums on the set. Unlike their previous 2002 release, Both Sides, Rollin' focuses more on the twins' dexterity on their instruments; it's more upbeat, positive, and confident, and features more songs co-written by the pair than on any of their previous recordings. In stylistic terms, it's a fusion of old-school and new school funk with a jazz groove. Special mention goes to "When You Touch Me," a soulful strut of a funk party with layered horn lines, a hand-clapping beat, and sections where Nelson Braxton jams on lead bass. Their radio hit, "Don't Stop," features the twins on saxophone and bass, while the title track spotlights Wayne Braxton on wah-wah sax and Hammond B3 organ. Overall, their "twin ESP" and funky improvisations on solid contemporary jazz tunes makes Rollin' their best recording yet. ~ Paula Edelstein