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The Branford Marsalis Quartet at Jazz Standard

Read "The Branford Marsalis Quartet at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Peter Jurew

Branford Marsalis Quartet Jazz Standard New York, NY February 20, 2019 The Branford Marsalis Quartet came into jny: New York's Jazz Standard in late February to showcase The Secret Between The Shadow And The Soul, their first new album release in seven years and, in marking the special ...

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Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Mike Jurkovic's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It was this dozen plus of recordings, among many that deserve mention, that gratefully, again and again and again, pulled my attention away from binge watching the destruction of our cherished, yet all too vulnerable democracy. These are the recordings of 2019 that made it evident that we all need to remain vigilant and engaged, or ...

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The Branford Marsalis Quartet: The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul

Read "The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

It was back in 2012 when the last quartet-only recording Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music) was released. So give more room on the floor to the evil toys dancing their pants off to the pure, wild, free-styling surge of “Dance of the Evil Toys," the killer, lead-off track to the Branford Marsalis Quartet's first full ...

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Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Enjoy Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Enjoy Jazz Festival Heidelberg, Mannheim, Ludwigshafen, Germany October 2 -November 15, 2014 Here are the festival numbers: 80 shows in almost seven weeks on 25 stages, performed by 250 musicians from 35 countries. Beyond the numbers there are many names: quite a few well known, a fair amount of established artists ...

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Branford Marsalis Quartet: Four MFs Playin' Tunes

Read "Four MFs Playin' Tunes" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Saxophonist Branford Marsalis has always exhibited a straight-to-the-point attitude in his deeds and musical actions, so the title for his latest quartet date shouldn't come as a great shock. His choice of words matter-of-factly proclaims that this music isn't about highbrow ideals, umbrella themes or hyper-intellectual constructs; this is about four musicians making music and serving ...

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Branford Marsalis Quartet: Four MFs Playin' Tunes

Read "Four MFs Playin' Tunes" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The departure of the Branford Marsalis quartet's longtime drummer, Jeff “Tain" Watts, left a hole that would not easily be filled and subsequently sparked the excellent 2011 duo release Songs of Mirth and Melancholy (Marsalis Music) featuring Marsalis and pianist Joey Calderazzo. But that percussive void has been filled with a transfusion of new blood from ...

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Branford Marsalis Quartet: Metamorphosen

Read "Metamorphosen" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Branford Marsalis has always had contrarian tendencies. From joining Sting's band to quitting The Tonight Show, he's followed his own path, even when his motivations have moved him away from conventional jazz forms. Today, being the artistic director of his own record label (at a time when record labels are floundering) and playing with the same ...

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Jonas Kullhammar Quartet: The Half Naked Truth 1998-2008

Read "The Half Naked Truth 1998-2008" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sometimes self indulgence is worth it. It is not decadence or overt extravagance for the Jonas Kullhammar Quartet to release an eight-CD boxset on the tenth anniversary of their association. In fact, the success of The Half Naked Truth 1998-2008 could result in inquiries into the remainder of the 40 hours of live recordings and session ...

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Branford Marsalis Quartet: Braggtown

Read "Braggtown" reviewed by Ken Dryden

On his fourth release for his own Marsalis Music label, Branford Marsalis shows why his quartet is among the best small groups currently active. With pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff “Tain Watts joining him once more, Marsalis encouraged his musicians to write for the band, resulting in a wide range of fresh ...

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Branford Marsalis Quartet: Braggtown

Read "Braggtown" reviewed by Paul Olson

There's a huge difference between live jazz performances and studio jazz recordings. Neatly concise pieces that thrill on record can feel overly cautious on the stage, and stretched-out open forms that make audiences hoarse from cheering can simply be boring on CD. That's not to say that the only good jazz recordings feature tight arrangements and ...


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