BLUE NOTE records




BLUE NOTE records



Branford Marsalis grew up in a New Orleanian atmosphere, one of the three cities in America as said by Tennessee Williams, he is the oldest son of pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis. Inevitably submerged in music, Branford and his brothers Wynton, Delfeayo and Jason understood right away what they were going to do with their lives. By the time he was working with local bands in his teens, Branford had already chosen his favourite instrument – the saxophone – his first choice was the clarinet. When he entered college, his love for jazz had given him the skills to get his first important jobs with legendary trumpeter Clark Terry and along with his brother Wynton in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Branford is a confessed admirer of Don Byas, Ben Webster and Illinois Jacquet, his inspiration comes from straight from those guys.

Where can you find Branford Marsalis?

In 2004 Branford Marsalis and his quartet played at the Jazz à Vienne Festival

track list: 1. Gloomy Sunday (L. Seres) 2. Vodville (J. Watts)

Branford Marsalis – sax    Joey Calderazzo – piano    Eric Revis – bass    Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums

Cannonball Adderley | Autumn Leaves

Autumn starts today! Leaves are already changing colour and falling! Nostalgic memories come to mind even if the Summer wasn’t the happiest one.

From the album: Somethin’ Else (1958)

Autumn Leaves written by: Joseph Kosma Johnny Mercer Jacques Prévert

Personnel: Cannonball Adderley — alto saxophone Miles Davis — trumpet  Hank Jones — piano  Sam Jones — bass  Art Blakey — drums

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Moanin’

Jazz has been – throughout the years –  the same as evolution, development, reaction against previous manifestations. Hard-boppers like Art Blakey kept the bebop idiom ( the music was for listening not for dancing ) yet they stressed on improvisation, swinging rhythms, and a vigorous, driving rhythm section.

The Jazz Messengers were like a stage for so many future bandleaders such as Hank Mobley, Kenny DorhamFreddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan, Chuck Mangione, Jackie McLean, Wayne ShorterCedar Walton, Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, and Bobby Timmons – with so very important musicians it is easy to understand the role of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers in the shaping of jazz – his drumming is outstanding along this video – it was 1958!

Moanin’ – Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – filmed performance of the title track of their 1958 album.

Personnel: Art Blakey – drums Lee Morgan – trumpet Benny Golson – tenor saxophone Bobby Timmons – piano Jymie Merritt – bass



Terence Blanchard: Magnetic

When it comes to trumpet players these days, we can’t forget Terence Blanchard. Having played with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the musician has had successful bands, recordings and awards. His elongated and emotional lines generate vibrancy to the compositions written by the various band members. As a mentor Blanchard reveals himself unselfish – working and learning from younger musicians – one time collaborators and now leaders.

Track Listing: Magnetic; Jacob’s Ladder; Don’t Run; Pet Step Sitter’s Theme Song; Hallucinations; No Borders Just Horizons; Comet; Central Focus; Another Step; Time To Spare.

Personnel: Terence Blanchard: trumpet; Fabian Almazan: piano; Kendrick Scott: drums; Brice Winston: tenor saxophone (1, 2, 5, 6, 10); Joshua Crumbly: bass (2, 4-6, 8-10) Ron Carter: bass (1, 3); Ravi Coltrane: soprano saxophone (3), tenor saxophone (4); Lionel Loueke: guitar (4, 5, 9).

Terence Blanchard