Do You Want to Be Healed?
Just what the Doctor ordered!! Latin-flavored bayou jazz!! Improvisational instrumental music with a beat that will get you dancing!! Betsy, the Jazz Nurse, plays her original compositions on flute, soprano saxophone, and piano. Dean Shapiro of Offbeat magazine describes Betsy's virtuosity,'Braud doesn't merely excel on flute,she owns it. And her piano playing is first rate as well'. She is joined with the artistry of Matt Ashman on bass, Daniel Hotard on guitar, Gary Roberts on drums and Michael Skinkus on percussion. Michael Bailey of allaboutjazz.com calls Betsy's music 'Creole Gumbo'. Mr. Bailey adds,'The music of Betsy Braud is well trained and unique. The recipe sounds like a single part each of Monk, Bechet, and Professor Longhair.' A native of Thibodaux, Louisiana, (deep in the heart of Cajun Country), Betsy has graced the Louisiana Jazz scene for over two decades. . Betsy is a protégé of the legendary jazz educator Alvin Batiste of the Southern University Jazz Institute. Mr. Batiste describes Betsy as 'one of the bright new stars on the south Louisiana music scene today' and adds, 'her original compositions and arrangements reflect inner-_expression, real beauty, and uniqueness'. Read what the critic's thought of Betsy's CD: On first glance, after noting the instruments being played on this album, I anticipated that I was going to like it. After giving it a spin, my guess proved to be right. Betsy Braud of Thibodaux, bills herself as O.W.O. (which is short for, 'Oh Weird One'). She also bills herself as 'The Jazz Nurse,' which is more appropos. She is an R.N. who also happens to play flute, piano and soprano sax - all with equal proficiency, I might add. From the opening number, titled '3 a.m.' which sounds a good bit like Roland Kirk's 'Serenade to a Cuckoo,' to the closing, Brazillian-sounding 'Samba de Paulistas,' this is good, rollicking, straight-ahead jazz. Braud doesn't merely excel on flute, she owns it. And her piano-playing is first rate as well. Her backup musicians, Daniel Hotard on guitar, Matt Ashman on bass, Gary Roberts on drums and Michael Skinkus on percussion, complement her beautifully and at various times they get to shine with solos as well - especially Skinkus who bangs out a mean set of bongos. The biggest disappointment is that Braud doesn't play enough soprano; after the first cut it's not heard again. Hopefully on her next CD - whenever that is - we'll hear more of it. This is a very good album and a follow-up would be most eagerly awaited. -Dean M. Shapiro, OffBeat Magazine The Jazz Nurse. Betsy Braud is a busy woman. Her curriculum vitae includes university-trained musician (she studied with Alvin Batiste) and performs regularly in southern Louisiana. She is a registered nurse (practicing the most demanding nursing- home health). And she is a mother of three. Drawing from all aspects, Ms. Braud has formulated a prescription for the spirit: complex music well played. Creole Gumbo The music of Betsy Braud is well trained and unique. The recipe sounds like a single part each of Monk, Bechet, and Professor Longhair. Braud seems to play one part soprano saxophone, one part flute and one part piano. She is joined by a young rhythm section of apparently talent local to her in South Louisiana. Her songs are upbeat piquant, with just that filé of Louisiana- a hint of the swamp. Check out the fractured blues of '3 a.m.' and the thoughtful 'Wayfarin' Stranger'. Michael Bailey Allaboutjazz.com.