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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
As on his recording Requiem, dedicated to his longtime friend and pianist Kenny Kirkland, Branford Marsalis dedicates this recording to his mentors, friends, and jazz icons who had passed away prior to its recording. The CD varies between his tenor or alto saxophone celebratory-led post and neo-bop compositions, or the somber, reflective slower songs featuring the soprano sax of Marsalis. This exceptional band, together for ten years, with drummer Jeff Watts, bassist Eric Revis, and pianist Joey Calderazzo, communicate with utter confidence and the mastery of expert professional musicians who need few verbal or charted cues to spring forth into action. Thelonious ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
As on his recording Requiem, dedicated to his longtime friend and pianist Kenny Kirkland, Branford Marsalis dedicates this recording to his mentors, friends, and jazz icons who had passed away prior to its recording. The CD varies between his tenor or alto saxophone celebratory-led post and neo-bop compositions, or the somber, reflective slower songs featuring the soprano sax of Marsalis. This exceptional band, together for ten years, with drummer Jeff Watts, bassist Eric Revis, and pianist Joey Calderazzo, communicate with utter confidence and the mastery of expert professional musicians who need few verbal or charted cues to spring forth into action. Thelonious Monk's influence is recognizable on the jagged edged, quirky Watts composition "The Return of the Jitney Man," the straight, no-frills hard bop chaser "Jabberwocky" where Marsalis borrows a page from the book of Charlie Rouse, a take of "Rhythm-A-Ning" moves from straight-ahead to staggering funk, with most of the intact original line phrase, while "Sphere," composed by Revis, is an original angular adaptation of Monk's style without much paraphrasing . A tribute to the actor, "Abe Vigoda" is a crusty and dusty ballad, "The Blossom of Parting" a reverent, sad song for the departed, and "The Last Goodbye" a similarly themed ballad, all with Marsalis on the soprano. Perhaps the most original piece is "And Then He Was Gone/Samo," featuring an extended solo from Revis, intentionally messy and frustrated, followed by the finale, a funky 7/8 soul and spirit song. A fine, emotional and heartfelt effort from Marsalis, one of his best since Requiem, it faithfully pays tribute to those late heroes like Alvin Batiste, Michael Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, Dewey Redman, Max Roach, Willie Turbinton, et. al., while also staying true to himself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/17/2009
  • Label: Marsalis Music
  • UPC: 874946001106
  • Catalog Number: 460011
  • Sales rank: 181,332

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Return of the Jitney Man (5:57)
  2. 2 The Blossom of Parting (8:53)
  3. 3 Jabberwocky (5:16)
  4. 4 Abe Vigoda (5:22)
  5. 5 Rhythm-A-Ning (8:04)
  6. 6 Sphere (6:15)
  7. 7 The Last Goodbye (8:29)
  8. 8 And Then, He Was Gone (3:17)
  9. 9 Samo (10:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Branford Marsalis Quartet Primary Artist
Joey Calderazzo Piano, Musician
Jeff "Tain" Watts Drums, Musician
Branford Marsalis Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Musician, Indexed Contributor
Eric Revis Bass, Musician
Technical Credits
Joey Calderazzo Composer, Author
Jeff "Tain" Watts Composer, Author
Greg Calbi Mastering
Branford Marsalis Composer, Producer, Author
Thelonious Monk Composer
Ann Marie Wilkins Management
Eric Revis Composer, Author
Mary Ellen Stefanides Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great listening for jazz enthusiasts!

    Love to listen to this upbeat and original series of songs while driving. It lifts my spirits !!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Amazing

    Branford Marsalis and his quartet are among music's most truly unique groups today. The music they create never ceases to amaze. This is a very soulful sound without losing any of the fire and raw emotion which makes jazz music what it is. The music is worth every penny!!!

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