CHARTS THE GROWTH AND POWER OF THE BRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET
NEW MARSALIS MUSIC DISC DISPLAYING HIGH ENERGY AND DIVERSE MOODS TO BE RELEASED ON SEPTEMBER 12
After paying homage to some of its influences on 2002's Footsteps of Our Fathers, celebrating a legendary visual artist on 2003's Romare Bearden Revealed, redefining the ballads album" on 2004's Grammy-nominated Eternal, the Branford Marsalis Quartet confirms its place as one of the leading instrumental music ensembles in any genre with Braggtown, scheduled for release on the saxophonist's Marsalis Music label on September 12.
This is a group with a tighter, more explosive sound," says Marsalis of his acclaimed quartet, which features pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff Tain" Watts. Even if you only heard us three or four years ago we sound different, which is the natural way a band grows when everyone is working at getting better."
Marsalis chose to build Braggtown around the band's strongest new material, with an emphasis on what he calls high-energy burnouts." To that end, the disc includes Marsalis' Jack Baker," Revis' Black Elk Speaks" and Watts' Blakzilla" inspired by the theme from the classic Japanese sci-fi film Godzilla. There are more contemplative moments as well, in new compositions by the leader ("Faith") and Calderazzo ("Hope"), as well as a stunning interpretation of 17th Century British composer Henry Purcell's O, Solitude" and Marsalis' mesmerizing original Sir Roderick, the Aloof."
Braggtown takes its title from a section of Durham, North Carolina, the city where Marsalis has lived for the past four years. The album was recorded in Durham's Hayti Heritage Center, a room with marvelous acoustics that also yielded last year's popular Harry Connick, Jr. release on Marsalis Music, Occasion. A jazz recording in no uncertain terms, Braggtown finds four exceptional individuals at the top of their collective game.
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