The Steep Anthology

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Steep Anthology collects various tracks from some of saxophonist Branford Marsalis' best Columbia albums. Beginning with his first session as a leader on 1983's Scenes in the City through to 1999's Requiem -- his second to last album for the label -- the eldest of the Marsalis brothers carved a singular path through the jazz world. Inspired by such innovative luminaries as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Wayne Shorter, Marsalis always displayed a deep understanding of his jazz roots while also looking to put his own unique stamp on the music. Never as buttoned-up as his trumpet-playing brother, the saxophonist made recordings that often seemed brilliantly haphazard,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The Steep Anthology collects various tracks from some of saxophonist Branford Marsalis' best Columbia albums. Beginning with his first session as a leader on 1983's Scenes in the City through to 1999's Requiem -- his second to last album for the label -- the eldest of the Marsalis brothers carved a singular path through the jazz world. Inspired by such innovative luminaries as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Wayne Shorter, Marsalis always displayed a deep understanding of his jazz roots while also looking to put his own unique stamp on the music. Never as buttoned-up as his trumpet-playing brother, the saxophonist made recordings that often seemed brilliantly haphazard, allowing for humorous and idiosyncratic forays into gutbucket blues and torrents of avant-garde skronk. His almost psychic connection with his bandmates, including the late pianist Kenny Kirkland, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, and bassist Robert Hurst, made for exciting and sometimes irreverent music that often gave the impression of eavesdropping on a conversation ripe with inside jokes. Most of the tracks here are original compositions by Marsalis, and many showcase his early "burnout" aesthetic of pushing his solos to the furthest limit he could. Others, such as "Royal Garden Blues" and "Sidney in da Haus," find the versatile New Orleans native rejoicing in his hometown second-line traditions with a bluesy, modernist edge. Marsalis left Columbia in 2002 to start his own independent music label; The Steep Anthology is a fitting tribute to the development of one of the most influential and individualistic jazz musicians of his generation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/2/2004
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 827969090923
  • Catalog Number: 90909
  • Sales rank: 211,712

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Doctone (6:09)
  2. 2 Maria (6:10)
  3. 3 Royal Garden Blues (7:05)
  4. 4 Evidence (9:28)
  5. 5 Cain & Abel (7:48)
  6. 6 Spartacus (8:17)
  7. 7 No Backstage Pass (6:48)
  8. 8 Sidney in da Haus (6:34)
  9. 9 The Dark Keys (10:42)
  10. 10 Three Little Words (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Branford Marsalis Primary Artist, Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter Bass
Kenny Kirkland Piano
Ellis Marsalis Piano
Larry Willis Piano
Robert Hurst Bass
Reginald Veal Bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts Drums
Wessell Anderson Alto Saxophone
Al Foster Piano
Milt Hinton Bass
Wynton Marsalis Trumpet
Eric Revis Bass
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Branford Marsalis Composer
Delfeayo Marsalis Producer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Thomas Mowrey Producer
Harry Ruby Composer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Clarence Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Rance Brown Art Direction
Abe Vélez Packaging Manager
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