|Born||March 13, 1940|
Charles Brackeen (born March 13, 1940 in Oklahoma) is a jazz saxophonist who primarily plays tenor saxophone, but also plays soprano saxophone. He was married to pianist Joanne Brackeen; they have since divorced, and they have four children.
Brackeen originally studied violin and piano before switching to saxophone. He played in a recording with members of the Ornette Coleman Quartet in 1968 and on Jazz Composer's Orchestra recordings by Don Cherry (1973), Leroy Jenkins (1975), and Paul Motian for ECM (1978 & 1979). He recorded again as a leader in 1987, when he recorded three albums for Silkheart Records. He also has a quartet which produced Worshippers Come Nigh, among other works, in 1995.
- Rhythm X (Strata-East, 1968)
- Bannar (Silkheart Records, 1987)
- Attainment (Silkheart,1987)
- Worshippers Come Nigh (Silkheart, 1987)
- with Ahmed Abdullah
- Liquid Magic (Silheart, 1987)
- with Don Cherry
- Relativity Suite (JCOA, 1973)
- with Dennis González
- with Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society
- Eye On You (About Time, 1980)
- Nasty (Moers Music, 1981)
- with Paul Motian