Footsteps of Our Fathers available on March 06 2016 from Amazon for 7.27
UPC bar code 011661330122 ξ1 registered March 01 2015
UPC bar code 011661330122 ξ2 registered March 06 2016
Product category is Audio
Manufacturered by Marsalis Music
Product weight is 0.26 lbs.
Branford, the oldest and most exploratory of the Marsalis brothers, launches his new label with his most ambitious recording to date. He isn't just invoking the giants of modern tenor sax, he's playing their most demanding extended compositions--Sonny Rollins's "Freedom Suite" and John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme." Marsalis rises to the challenge handily. "Freedom Suite" is all rhythmic nuance and kinetic blues, sly wit and subtle swing, played with just bass and drums, as was the original. Marsalis previously recorded "A Love Supreme" in 1994 on Stolen Moments: Red Hot Cool, but the results are far superior here, as he's grown into the emotional dimensions of Coltrane's suite. The extended solo on "Resolution," and the even more intense exploration of "Pursuance," mark high points among Marsalis's recordings. This is just as much an achievement for his remarkable band, with solid support from pianist Joey Calderazzo and bassist Eric Revis, and, above all, the consistently fresh and sometimes explosive drumming of Jeff "Tain" Watts. Ornette Coleman's "Giggin'" and John Lewis's "Concorde" bookend the major works. --Stuart Broomer
Mr. Marsalis and his exceptional bandmates have accomplished something fairly rare in jazz. They pay homage to four greats--Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and John Lewis--by performing their songs in the masters spirit, but without muting their own outstanding younger voices. This requires an extraordinary sensitivity to the jazz tradition as well as a mastery of one's own instrument and one's own musical conception.Mr. Marsalis plays the Coleman piece on sopra..