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Braggtown

Label: Marsalis Music
Released: 2006
Track listing: Jack Baker; Hope; Fate; Blakzilla; O Solitude; Sir Roderick, the Aloof; Black Elk Speaks.

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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: Braggtown

Read "Braggtown" reviewed by Jason Crane

From the opening anthem, called out on the unaccompanied saxophone by a swaggering Branford Marsalis, you know that Braggtown is going to be a ride. And when Jeff “Tain" Watts explodes on the cymbals a few beats later, you know the ride is going to be in a fast car on a winding mountain road. This ...

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Branford Marsalis: Braggtown

Read "Braggtown" reviewed by Jim Santella

Branford Marsalis continues to push jazz in the directions that this art should seek for eternity. Never satisfied with achievements from the past, he's determined to make things new and positive happen every time out. With Braggtown, he's on fire. Jazz's modern mainstream fights with a furious approach. It demands that the artist remain ...

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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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Branford Marsalis Quartet: Braggtown

Read "Braggtown" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes the smallest germ of an idea can generate grist for extended exploration. Many of the late saxophone giant John Coltrane's compositions from the early 1960s onward were proof of that. From the opening two bars of “Jack Baker, the first track on Braggtown, it's clear that the same concept still applies. For nearly two minutes ...

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Branford Marsalis: Braggtown

Read "Braggtown" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

"Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! could be one of the underlying messages of Braggtown. While other jazz groups are experimenting with a variety of artistic freedoms, including odd instruments, spoken word, hip-hop and electronica, Branford Marsalis and his quartet are staunch on the path of hard bopping, straight-ahead acoustic music. The music ...


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