Ted Brancato, dear friend and musical collaborator
It’s been my good fortune for my whole career to work with people I like and respect. Many of them I’ve grown to love. One of the most important is Ted Brancato.
We got introduced when he played piano on the “Between Friends” album. I met his parents at that recording session and not long after that his sister, Mary Sue. Each of them became special to me.
If you had a chance to listen to the piano work on “Between Friends” you understand how good a musician he was at a young age. He was twenty-four at the time. If you listened to the arrangements of the songs from the 1984 concert you understand what an incredible musical sensibility he has.
He produced and co-wrote some songs for “The Missing Peace” album. http://markpearsonmusic.com/store/the-missing-peace He produced, engineered, arranged, and co-wrote the songs from the “Following the Light” album http://markpearsonmusic.com/store/following-the-light that we recorded at his Mahogany Studio. http://www.mahoganystudio.com/ He arranged and co-wrote the songs on the “Between Old Friends” album. http://markpearsonmusic.com/store/between-old-friends
While he is a master at his craft it is his compassion and spirit that lifts his art to a higher level.
A jazz musician at heart he recently recorded his own album on Origin Records.
Included here are a couple of tracks from that album. His mother’s favorite, “Captain Nasty,” and “Prayer” featuring renowned bassist Ron Carter.
The video included here is of the two of us talking a few years ago.
The group photo included here is of the musicians who played on "Between Old Friends." That is John Morton giving Ted a kiss on the head. Both of them will be joining McCoy and me on September 13th. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2055269