Entertainment Weekly - p.78
"With his band, saxophonist Marsalis achieves a special blend of fire and cohesion."
Down Beat - p.723.5 stars out of 5
-- "Marsalis' success emanates in part from his quartet's remarkable unity of purpose, particularly in the way it deals with time..."
JazzTimes - p.104
"The mood is varied, but it begins and ends with a pair of 14-minute burners that feature dynamic, passionate work from Marsalis and his ever-exciting rhythms section..."
Branford Marsalis: Branford Marsalis (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Joey Calderazzo (piano); Eric Revis (bass guitar); Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums).
Personnel: Branford Marsalis (saxophone).
Liner Note Author: A.B. Spellman.
Recording information: Hayti Center, Durham, NC (03/13/2006-03/16/2006).
Photographers: William Beatty; Arnold Levine; Jay Denmark.
Arranger: Branford Marsalis.
The name Marsalis gets a lot of buzz (thanks largely to Wynton's celebrity status), but, name recognition notwithstanding, Branford Marsalis (who was, of course, the Tonight Show band leader for some time) remains one of the most vibrant and creatively driven players in contemporary jazz. BRAGGTOWN (2006) is a testament to Marsalis's will to push himself artistically. As usual, John Coltrane is a major reference point, but Marsalis also draws on fusion, bop, swing, funk, and classical (see his adaptation of Purcell's "O Solitude"). Backed by a crack rhythm section, BRAGGTOWN confidently accesses the wide universe of jazz both past and present.