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5 out of 5

9 Ratings

Fantastic Album; Swinging and Sophisticated Post-Bop

pianoguy100,

This album's greatness is largely due to the playing of pianist Kenny Kirkland. As an accompanist, Kenny comps with unparalleled rhythmic and harmonic command. As a soloist, he possesses an infectious forward momentum and sense of swing. He clearly has mastered the improvisational languages of Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner, and he adds to them is own unique sensibility. Kenny Kirkland's harmonic language sounds uniquely "modern" and beautiful, especially on "LonJellis" and "Yesterday's," and it becomes obvious why he has influenced the sound of so many of today's pianists. Branford is also excellent throughout, with an innate sense of swing and Coltrane-inspired harmonic complexity. This is a fantastic album, showcasing the talents of Branford and Kenny Kirkland especially. It stands out among the many "neo-bop" albums of the period because of its incredible swing and level of controlled sophistication. Highly recommended.

the greatest piano solo in jazz history?

bbw,

I wholeheartedly agree w the reviewer above. the whole record is great but the piano solo on Yes or No is it. inspirational - pure fire & keeps you on the edge of your seat (if you can sit while hearing it.) RIP KK.

About Branford Marsalis

The oldest of the four musical Marsalis brothers, Branford Marsalis has had an impressive career. After studying at Southern University and Berklee, Branford toured Europe with the Art Blakey big band in the summer of 1980 (playing baritone), played three months with Clark Terry, and then spent five months playing alto with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1981). He mostly played tenor and soprano while with Wynton Marsalis' influential group (1982-1985), at first sounding most influenced by Wayne Shorter but leaning more toward John Coltrane at the end. The musical telepathy between the two brothers (who helped to revive the sound of the mid-'60s Miles Davis Quintet) was sometimes astounding. Branford toured with Herbie Hancock's V.S.O.P. II. in 1983 and recorded with Miles Davis (1984's Decoy). In 1985, when he left Wynton to join Sting's pop/rock group, it caused a major (if temporary) rift with his brother that made headlines. Marsalis enjoyed playing with Sting but did not let the association cause him to forget his musical priorities. By 1986, he was leading his own group which eventually consisted of pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Bob Hurst, and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts; sometimes the band was a piano-less trio that really allowed Marsalis to stretch out. After a couple of film appearances (in School Daze and Throw Mama from the Train), Branford Marsalis became even more of a celebrity when he joined Jay Leno's Tonight Show as the musical director in 1992. However, being cast in the role of Leno's sidekick rubbed against Marsalis' temperament and after two years he had had enough. Branford Marsalis, who attempted to mix together hip-hop and jazz in his erratic Buckshot LeFonque project, has recorded steadily for Columbia ever since 1983 (including a classical set). In 2002, having left Columbia, Marsalis formed his own label Marsalis Music. Intended as a true independent label focused on supporting the development of musicians, Marsalis Music has released albums by such diverse artists as guitarist/vocalist Doug Wamble, pianist/vocalist Harry Connick, Jr., saxophonist Miguel Zenón, and others. Marsalis himself also kept busy releasing a handful of albums on the label including Footsteps of Our Fathers, which featured his take on the classic John Coltrane composition "A Love Supreme" in 2002, Romare Bearden Revealed in 2003, Eternal in 2004, Braggtown in 2006, and Metamorphosen in 2009. In 2011, Marsalis delivered the duo album Songs of Mirth and Melancholy featuring pianist Joey Calderazzo. In the spring of 2012, the Marsalis quartet -- Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and the young drummer Jason Faulkner -- released Four MF's Playin Tunes. Marsalis also played a solo saxophone concert at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral in October of that year. Two years and three weeks later, it was released as In My Solitude: Live at Grace Cathedral by Okeh. In 2016, Marsalis delivered the quartet album Upward Spiral, featuring vocalist Kurt Elling. ~ Scott Yanow

  • ORIGIN
    Breaux Bridge, LA
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    Aug 26, 1960

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