Branford Marsalis - Changing Man
Friday, March 27, 2009
The Branford Marsalis Quartet is one of the longest-running most influential jazz groups on the scene today and more important than just longevity, continues to evolve its music, refusing to settle into a comfortable orthodox. The notion of change and challenging audiences is very much to the fore on the new album Metamorphosen and it’s something Branford Marsalis talks to Stuart Nicholson about ahead of dates at the Bath festival and Ronnie Scott’s in May.
This brief family exchange somehow seemed to sum-up this warm, witty and intelligent man who loves the quick riposte, to banter and debate and who just happens to be one of the greatest jazz saxophonists on this planet. He’s got a new album out called Metamorphosen and he is delighted to talk about it, and just about any other subject under the sun. It’s his sixth album with his group comprising Joey Calderazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Jeff “Tain” Watts on drums who are currently celebrating their tenth year together. During that time they have, as Marsalis’ website so appositely notes, “evolved from a tradition-centric unit into one of the most adventurous groups in hard-core jazz.”
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