best of 2012

Branford Marsalis Waxes Philosophical

Publication: Washington Informer
Author: Stacy M. Brown
Date: February 13, 2013

Exuding the class often associated with jazz, a member of an esteemed family waxes philosophical about music, Hollywood and growing up in a family of accomplished musicians.

Grammy award winner Branford Marsalis intends to mesmerize the audience Friday evening when he and his quartet perform before jazz aficionados, longtime fans and newcomers to the genre.

Marsalis said there’s a uniqueness about jazz musicians, largely because of the laid back style of the music and the perceived sophistication that it takes to create jazz.

There are a lot of musicians interested in jazz because of the intellectual component. But, a lot of guys also play jazz because that’s all they know how to play,” said Marsalis, who is touring the country with his quartet to bolster his latest CD, “Four MFs Playin’ Tunes,” which is currently available at Marsalis’ website, www.branfordmarsalis.com and iTunes.com. The CD has already been named Apple iTunes Instrumental Jazz Album of the Year. Read more »

Submitted by Courtney on February 19th, 2013 — 06:18pm

iTunes Best of 2012

We are so pleased to announce that iTunes picked the Branford Marsalis Quartet’s Four MFs Playin’ Tunes as the Best Instrumental Jazz Album of 2012! Find Four MFs and other iTunes Best of 2012 picks here.

Submitted by Courtney on December 17th, 2012 — 04:21pm

Best 20 jazz albums (so far) of 2012

Publication: San Jose Mercury News
Author: Richard Scheinin
Date: July 2, 2012

With the collapse of the record industry comes the rise of itty bitty independent labels and musician-issued CDs. In the world of jazz, where so many great musicians scuffle for a flake of recognition, there are a zillion new recordings; my mailbox runneth over. Here are some of my jazz favorites so far from 2012. Happy summer listening.

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ranford Marsalis: “Four MFs Playin’ Tunes” (Marsalis Music). Look out! The saxophonist’s long-standing quartet is newly juiced by Justin Faulkner, its young 46-limbed drummer.

Check out Richard’s other picks here.
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Submitted by Courtney on July 5th, 2012 — 10:15am