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Branford Marsalis: Four MFs Playin' Tunes

Read "Four MFs Playin' Tunes" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Sono passati 23 anni da Mo' Better Blues, esordio discografico del quartetto di Branford Marsalis, anche se la presenza di Terence Blanchard nella colonna sonora del film di Spike Lee, assegna a Crazy People Music, di poco successivo, la palma di primo disco dove la formazione è protagonista assoluta. È un organico che ha visto pochissimi ...

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 ...

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 ...

Miguel Zenon: Alma adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook

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Alma adentro è l'album della definitiva consacrazione dell'altosassofonista portoricano Miguel Zenon, nella duplice veste di arrangiatore e bandeader. Una inedita combinazione timbrica tra colori classici e jazzistici porta a livelli di assoluta eccellenza una musica di grande fascino. È un progetto che supera le rigide barriere delle convenzioni contemporanee per proporre qualcosa di diverso rispetto all'anima esuberante della ...

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Harry Connick, Jr.: Music From The Happy Elf

Read "Music From The Happy Elf" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

"The Happy Elf" is just one of many numbers that Harry Connick, Jr. dished out on Harry For The Holidays (Sony/Columbia, 2003), but this particular song proved to be the seed for cross-marketing manna, which makes it a microcosm of the man himself. Connick has crooned his way into the hearts of millions, proven himself on ...

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Miguel Zenon: Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook

Read "Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The cover photo on alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón's Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook is of two people dancing in the middle of a boulevard. They are nicely dressed. The man's coat tail flies and their dance clasp is a passionate embrace, suggestive of a romantic yearning hitched to the side of a good time, a ...

Branford Marsalis / Joey Calderazzo: Songs of Mirth and Melancholy

Read "Songs of Mirth and Melancholy" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The Swedish proverb “Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow," is one that perfectly exemplifies Songs of Mirth and Melancholy, from saxophonist Branford Marsalis and pianist Joey Calderazzo. Their bond has solidified over time, since Calderazzo took over the piano chair from the late Kenny Kirkland in Marsalis' ensemble in 1998. ...

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Miguel Zenon: Esta Plena

Read "Esta Plena" reviewed by David Adler

Like a nimble jet aircraft, Miguel Zenón's Esta Plena leaps into flight from its very first notes. The album arrives not long after Awake (Marsalis Music, 2008), Zenón's jazz quartet/string quartet outing of 2008, but it follows more logically on the heels of 2005's Jíbaro (Marsalis Music), a jazz meditation on the rural music of Zenón's ...

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Miguel Zenon: Esta Plena

Read "Esta Plena" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

From the fruits of winning both a MacArthur ("genius grant") and Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, expands his clear vision of modern jazz and Puerto Rican folk music in Esta Plena. With an incisive voice, his involvement with the SFJAZZ Collective, Guillermo Klein's Y Los Gauchos and Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra is ...

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 ...