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Ellis & Branford Marsalis

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Among jazz aficionados, Branford Marsalis is regarded among the best ever. His extraordinary talent is uniquely expressed in a breath of works that range from his debut recording, Think of One, to classical music scores, to his heaven inspired Eternal.

Sure, one could say that Branford’s works reflect, in part, his grand appreciations for the legends. Sometimes one can hear a slice of John Coltrane, Arnette Coleman, Ben Webster, Dewey Redman, and Wayne Shorter. Yet Branford’s musical signatures go beyond a place that neither his early influencers or contemporaries can reach. These signatures combine brilliant tone and lyricism. Both integrate his sensitivities, romantics, intellect and …muses. Both takes one’s soul to into unlimited space. Spend some time listening to him — you will never confuse anyone else with him. Quietly listen, and one will literally hear genius.

Branford’s works are prolific. His range of work includes jazz, European classical, British pop, new Orleans / Euro funk, soul, and much more. One could view these things as being typical of a seasoned musician journeyman. A better view is realized when one gets to know him. He is curious, and like so many exceptional talents, refuses to be confined the constructive barriers of any musical form.

Ellis Marsalis is a musician, pianist, and father of five boys. Branford and Wynton being the most famous of the lot. Ellis early retired from the wild jazz scene during the early 1960’s; he along with Delores raised a family in New Orleans. He re-emerged in the early 1980’s as an extraordinary talent.

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