April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) is a time to celebrate the unique qualities of America’s art form, the talents of jazz legends, the joy music can bring to its audiences, and whatever jazz means to you. JAM culminates with International Jazz Day on April 30 featuring an exciting line-up of jazz all-stars from around the globe celebrating in style at an outdoors concert in Osaka, Japan.
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Branford Marsalis: Four MFs Playin’ Tunes
Publication: Financial Times
Author: Mike Hobart
Date: August 31, 2012
The sax-and-rhythm quartet’s first studio recording with drummer Justin Faulkner has all the thrills of their live performances
Branford Marsalis’s equal-partners sax-and-rhythm quartet’s first studio recording with young drummer Justin Faulkner has all the thrills of their live performances. With bassist Eric Revis rock and anchor, drums and lead spin a web of intimate dialogues steeped in warm-hearted lyricism and emotional subtlety. “As Summer Into Autumn Slips” is as bittersweet as its title would suggest, “Endymion” showcases Joey Calderazzo’s florid, cherished-moments romanticism and “Whiplash” is a rampage of contemporary swing. Monk’s “Teo” and the standard “My Ideal” round out an excellent set.