Crossing Over – Tim Bragg – Album review

Local musician and writer Tim Bragg has a new album out. Here’s what I made of it….

Crossing Over - Tim Bragg

There is a way, the way of no way, in which all ways are contained, but no way is followed.

What is Crossing Over? A threshold, a transformation, a one way journey that can never be made again? Is it jazz, rock, ambient, happy, sad? Yes, all of those, but none specifically!

Tim Bragg is a talented multi-instrumentalist who sings, composes, and writes books! So, is he like a drummer who plays flute, or a flautist who plays drums? Is he a writer who plays, or a player who writes? Yes he’s all of those, but not one specifically!

In Crossing Over Tim presents us with a dense mesh of musical influences. Here we find him uncoupled from musical trends. There are jazz elements, there are rock elements. Tim teases, pushes, pulls, weaves….It’s a pure sonic experience that takes you through the streets, over the mountains and beyond, towards the light and heavenly plains, and asks whether you’ll be waiting, on the other side. It is a musical journey that can be taken again and again, and the destination will be different.

It’s impossible to pick ‘stand out’ tracks as each one is so rich, and textural. But, if I had to single out a couple I’d choose ‘Streets’, I just love the strong groove on this, and ‘Heavenly Plains’, those opening flute lines just shoot straight through me.

If you are familiar with Tim’s work you will love this album even though it is different from everything that went before. If you’ve never heard Tim before I urge you to take a listen. This is an album that will cast a spell on you, the spell only being broken by the realisation that you were under its spell. Let the master lead you along the way of no way, Crossing Over.

Buy Crossing over here in UK, or here in France.

This is the second album I’ve bought of Tim Braggs, the first was “Revamped” , which I love! Crossing Over is brilliant but completely different , it’s relaxing , and totally mood lifting. If you’ve had a bad day this will certainly help. The music equivalent of a great Yoga practice! Love it! ….Roxanne Sutton


In with the in crowd….at last!

Our band, The Sugaree Band, are one of the bands who’ve been selected to play in the series of concerts put on by the town of Saint Junien here in the Haute Vienne. We are really excited about this. It’s been hard work to get this, but at last, we are in with the in crowd.

We had to submit our ‘Press Kit’ months back. We’ve had to fill in endless forms, form an association, register it, provide all sorts of information, who’s shirts we wear, what brand of beer we like!! 😉 But we’ve done it! Here’s the proof…8th August…that’s us —>>>

comme un effet de l'art scene

Saint Junien, 87, Comme un Effet de L’Art Scene….Concerts musique, chaque jeudi soir pendant l’été dans le centre ville.


Jazz Club update – May 25th meet.


Thursday’s Jazz n Blues club session in St Junien was superb! Possibly the best one yet! We really are starting to gain momentum with this. Players coming from over an hour away to check us out! The place was packed, and there was such a friendly atmosphere. We are also getting a good mix of French and Ex-pats coming together to share and enjoy their music.

There were many high points that night, but one of the best was when a young French lad got up to play drums. He was very nervous, but he carried it off with great style, and encouragement from pro’ drummer Tim Bragg. Other highlights were a jazz version of Hey Joe featuring Tezzah, and dancing! Not the sort of thing you normally associate with a jazz club.

But don’t just take my word for it. Here’s a short video (more vids here)…

There are also some fabulous photos from the night taken by ace photographer Ian Wilson. You’ll find them here -> PHOTOS JAZZ N BLUES CLUB MAY 25TH

Young Nico makes his jazz debut…

Next meeting will be June 27th. If you are in the Saint Junien area why not come along? If you want to play please contact me first.