Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Upward Spiral

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Upward Spiral

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Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling

Marsalis Music via Okeh Records

Branford Marsalis (as, ss) Joey Calderazzo (p) Eric Revis (b) Justin Faulkner (d) Kurt Elling (vcl)

There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York/Blue Gardenia/From One Island To Another/Practical Arrangement/Doxy/I'm A Fool To Want You/West Virginia Rose/So Tinha De Ser Com Voce/Momma Said /Cassandra Song/Blue Velvet/The Return (Upward Spiral). TT 61:21

Branford Marsalis is a musician of high ability. For my money, Branford may be the most talented musician in this famous family. He has made many recordings in so many genres including one that was strictly a saxophone solo (In My Solitude reviewed in our March 2015 issue). On the other hand, while Kurt Elling is by all respects a very gifted musician, he is not so well known. DownBeat magazine has voted him the best male jazz vocalist 14 years now in their critic's pole. He has been recording now since 1994 and has been in nearly 50 recording sessions. Mr. Elling has not had the public recognition he probably deserves. At any rate this recording combines two fine talents. That would be this vocalist along with Branford's usual quartet players. These quartet members have worked together now for nearly 20 years with only a change at the drum set. Jeff"Tain" Watts was the drummer for years, being replaced by Justin Faulkner in recent years. The result is a very interesting offering.

The tune, There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York is taken upbeat and very much a hip offering. …

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