Marsalis Music: A Love For Jazz Supreme
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Displaying all the passion with which he imbues his other original work, Branford and Co. don't just pay homage to the late saxophone giant, but bring their own personality and character to the piece. Significantly, the spiritual aspect of the music manifests itself fully in the playing after having been discussed at length during Branford's interview with Alice Coltrane on disc one; this segment is featured as an extra on the DVD along with snippets of dialogue with the rest of the quartet that simultaneously provides insight into Coltrane's profound piece and piques your curiosity about it. This footage, made somewhat disconcerting by its abrupt editing, dovetails with some tour footage that imbues the grand ambition underlying Marsalis Music with the down-to-earth perspective of the working musician to. As such, the DVD is something of a microcosm for the whole venture: let it be your starting point, not just an end in itself.
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Tracks: 1. A Love Supreme, Part 1; 2. A Love Supreme, Part 2: Resolution; 3. A Love Supreme, Part 3: Pursuance; 4. A Love Supreme, Part 4: Psalm
Personnel: Branford Marsalis, Saxophones; Joey Calderazzo, Piano; Eric Revis, Bass; Jeff "Tain" Watts, Drums