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May 20 -- "Branford Marsalis is a saxophone virtuoso of a very high order, and he hardly needs the license of a jazz influence to play a particular piece of music. Still, the complex web of influences between the jazz world and France suggests that a jazz musician's address to the composers on this record, even when the orchestrations have been adapted for his instrument, could illuminate the music in a way that an unalloyed classicist's might not. That his partner in the venture is the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which plays without a conductor and arrives at creative decisions collectively, gives the possibility an additional boost."
- Author Rafi Zabor
from the liner notes to Branford Marsalis' new CD, Creation
As a special treat, we gathered up some great quotes from Branford Marsalis that didn't make it into the on-air story due to time constraints.
Marsalis shares his views on perfection in the recording studio.
Branford remembers growing up with a household full of musicians, including his pianist father Ellis and his brother Wynton the trumpeter.
Marsalis admits to some of the practice techniques he used before recording his new CD.
This piece was produced by Phil Harrell.
Official Branford Marsalis site: branfordmarsalis.com
Branford Marsalis' NPR Jazz Set: http://www.npr.org/programs/jazzset