Golden Earrings


Released 1st September 2017. Golden Earrings (Fresh Sound New Talent Records, 2017) sees young London alto saxophonist Sam Braysher (who has recently been heard playing with Jorge Rossy, John Warren, Barry Green, the London Jazz Orchestra) teaming up with celebrated New York pianist Michael Kanan. Kanan is a real master with an exquisite touch, a world-class interpreter of standards who has collaborated extensively with jazz royalty including Jane Monheit, Jimmy Scott, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Peter Bernstein. The album, Braysher’s debut, features takes on almost-forgotten treasures by Victor Young, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Tadd Dameron, as well as one original composition. The disc also marks the first time that Fresh Sound New Talent, the iconic Barcelona-based record label, which launched the careers of Brad Mehldau, Robert Glasper, Ambrose Akinmusire and Kurt Rosenwinkel – has produced an album by a British bandleader. An intimate, conversational duo set.


Sam Braysher, alto saxophone
Michael Kanan, piano

01. Dancing in the Dark (Schwartz-Dietz) 4:21
02. Cardboard (Charlie Parker) 3:06
03. Irving Berlin Waltz Medley (Irving Berlin) 7:17
-What’ll I Do
04. BSP (Sam Braysher) 4:36
05. All Too Soon (Ellington-Sigman) 6:11
06. In Love In Vain (Kern-Robin) 5:42
07. The Scene Is Clean (Tadd Dameron) 5:13
08. Beautiful Moons Ago (Cole-Moore) 5:47
09. Golden Earrings (Evans-Livingston-Young) 5:38
10. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (Layton-Creamer) 1:57
Album details
Total time: 49:00 min. approx.

Recorded at The Drawing Room, Brooklyn, New York, March 31 & April 1 2016

Sound engineer: Neal Miner
Mixed and mastered by Walter Fischbacher
Design & cover art: Mariano Gil
Photos: John Rogers

Produced by Sam Braysher
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol


delightful and surprising” **** Dave Gelly, The Observer

“Braysher’s cool, modernist twist on old songs is just superb” Simon Adams, Jazz Journal (picking Golden Earrings as one of Critics’ Poll albums of the year 2017)

“The result is fresh, melodic and entertaining…..The CD captures this freshness of approach and something of the energy and empathy which flows between these two great artists.” Jane Mann, London Jazz News

“utterly swinging, with the restraint that comes from total self-assurance,  and hip as a New York minute” Eddie Myer, Jazz Views

“The empathy between Braysher and Kanan is evident from the start…. with inspired passages from the saxophonist.” 4/5, Tim Stenhouse, UK Vibe

“A fine debut in the tradition of Ellis Larkins and Ruby Braff” Robert D. Rusch, Cadence Magazine (USA)

“This music is a wonderful series of wise tender explorations by two artists so much in tune with each other and with the songs” JAZZ LIVES (USA)

Jazz Japan:

“Sam Braysher is a wonderful example of the new players that Jordi Pujol has been featuring on his Fresh Sound New Talent Series” Jersey Jazz, (USA)

“Braysher improvises with imagination and delicateness” Roger Farbey, Jazz Journal

“a vivacious performance that exhibits great technical virtuosity” Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann

“I have heard Sam fly away with some beautiful solos at live gigs and if you get the chance to go to the live sessions on the tour promoting this album, you should take the opportunity – and some change to buy the album.”  Ian Maund, Sandy Brown Jazz

“Recommended!” Lance, Bebop Spoken Here