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Branford Marsalis

REVIEW: Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling, 'Upward Spiral,' Marsalis Music/Okeh Records >>

The more passionate fans of saxophonist Branford Marsalis might be disappointed with 'Upward Spiral' (Marsalis Music/Okeh Records) because this could be construed as a Kurt Elling vocalese CD with the quartet merely backing him up. Elling achieves a strong Chet Baker nodding-out-on-heroin style, true, and Branford is still one of today's greats, but the news of a new Branford was more exciting than actually listening to the new Branford.

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Branford Marsalis perform with The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

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Branford Marsalis

REVIEW: Branford Marsalis Recreates Coltrane's Classic `A Love Supreme' at the Bimhuis >>

The John Coltrane Quartet performed their greatest work, 1964's 'A Love Supreme,' only once on a stage. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of this seminal jazz recording, tenor saxophonist Branford Marsalis recreates that love on stage in Holland at the Bimhuis--a space beloved by musicians since 1973, since no food or drink is allowed to be sold in the room itself.

Branford Marsalis Calls Out Jay-Z as 'Ill-Informed,' Discusses Classical Music and the Civil Rights Movement

Branford Marsalis Calls Out Jay Z as 'Ill-Informed,' Discusses Classical Music and the Civil Rights Movement >>

Branford Marsalis, brother to the esteemed Wynton, has toured the world with some of jazz's greatest minds: Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie to name a few. In a recent interview at the San Antonio Current, Marsalis talks everything from classical to his gripe with Jay Z.

Denzel Washington in 'Devil in a Blue Dress'

Denzel Washington Film 'Devil in a Blue Dress' Aiming for Broadway: Walter Mosley >>

Novelist/playwright Walter Mosley is collaborating with Branford Marsalis on a musical adaptation of the 1995 noir film based on Mosley's "Easy" Rawlins novel.

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