Branford Marsalis The Steep Anthology

The Steep Anthology

Branford Marsalis

Released on February 19, 2004 by Columbia - Legacy

Main artist: Branford Marsalis

Genre: Jazz

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The Steep Anthology collects various tracks from some of saxophonist Branford Marsalis' best Columbia albums. Beginning with his first session as a leader on 1983's Scenes in the City through to 1999's Requiem -- his second to last album for the label -- the eldest of the Marsalis brothers carved a singular path through the jazz world. Inspired by such innovative luminaries as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Wayne Shorter, Marsalis always displayed a deep understanding of his jazz roots while also looking to put his own unique stamp on the music. Never as buttoned-up as his trumpet-playing brother, the saxophonist made recordings that often seemed brilliantly haphazard, allowing for humorous and idiosyncratic forays into gutbucket blues and torrents of avant-garde skronk. His almost psychic connection with his bandmates, including the late pianist Kenny Kirkland, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, and bassist Robert Hurst, made for exciting and sometimes irreverent music that often gave the impression of eavesdropping on a conversation ripe with inside jokes. Most of the tracks here are original compositions by Marsalis, and many showcase his early "burnout" aesthetic of pushing his solos to the furthest limit he could. Others, such as "Royal Garden Blues" and "Sidney in da Haus," find the versatile New Orleans native rejoicing in his hometown second-line traditions with a bluesy, modernist edge. Marsalis left Columbia in 2002 to start his own independent music label; The Steep Anthology is a fitting tribute to the development of one of the most influential and individualistic jazz musicians of his generation. ~ Matt Collar
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Album : 1 disk - 10 tracks Total length : 01:14:01

  1. 1 Doctone (Album Version)

    Delfeayo Marsalis, Producer - Dennis Darby, 2nd Engineer - Kenny Kirkland, Piano - Patrick Smith, Mixing Engineer - Patrick Smith, Recording Engineer - Greg Calbi, Mastering Engineer - Branford Marsalis, Performer - Branford Marsalis, Saxophone - B. Marsalis, Composer - B. Marsalis, Lyricist - Eric Revis, Bass - Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Drums Copyright : (P) 1999 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  2. 2 Maria (Album Version)

    S. Sondheim, Composer - S. Sondheim, Lyricist - L. Bernstein, Composer - L. Bernstein, Lyricist - Patrick Smith, Engineer - Branford Marsalis, Performer - Branford Marsalis, Saxophone - Ellis Marsalis, Piano - Ellis Marsalis, Performer - Delfeayo Marsalis, Producer Copyright : (P) 1996 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  3. 3 Royal Garden Blues (Album Version)

    Delfeayo Marsalis, Producer - Delfeayo Marsalis, Edited By - Delfeayo Marsalis, Mixing Engineer - Al Foster, Piano - C. Williams, Lyricist - C. Williams, Composer - Tim Geelan, Engineer - Alan Moy, Mastering Engineer - George Butler, Executive Producer - Patrick Smith, Mixing Engineer - Jim Scott, Engineer - Jim Scott, Mixing Engineer - Ron Carter, Bass - Branford Marsalis, Performer - S. Williams, Composer - S. Williams, Lyricist - Branford Marsalis & Buckshot Lefonque, Tenor Saxophone - Branford Marsalis & Buckshot Lefonque, Soprano Saxophone - Branford Marsalis & Buckshot Lefonque, Mixing Engineer - Tony Dawsey, Mastering Engineer - Larry Willis, Piano - Dennis Ferrante, 2nd Engineer Copyright : (P) 1986 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

  4. 4 Evidence (Live)

    Branford Marsalis, Performer - Robert L. Hurst III, Bass - Branford Marsalis & Buckshot Lefonque, Saxophone - Delfeayo Marsalis, Producer - Kenny Kirkland, Piano - T. Monk, Composer - T. Monk, Lyricist - Jeff "Tain" Watts, Drums Copyright : (P) 2004 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

  5. 5 Cain & Abel (Album Version)

    Delfeayo Marsalis, Producer - Wynton Marsalis, Trumpet - Deolan McGovern, 2nd Engineer - Tim Geelan, Edited By - Mark Wilder, Edited By - Mark Wilder, Mastering Engineer - Jose "Canseco" Fernandez, 2nd Engineer - David Merrill, 2nd Engineer - Gordon Davles, 2nd Engineer - Robert Hurst, Bass - Patrick Smith, Recording Engineer - Branford Marsalis, Performer - Branford Marsalis, Saxophone - B. Marsalis, Composer - B. Marsalis, Lyricist - Meean-Cheem Ustoo, Edited By - Jeff "Tain" Watts, Drums - Dr. George Butler, Executive Producer Copyright : (P) 1991 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

  6. 6 Spartacus (Album Version)

    Delfeayo Marsalis, Producer - Tim Gleelan, Recording Engineer - Kenny Kirkland, Piano - Def Delf, Mixing Engineer - Jammin' Jatty, Mixing Engineer - Robert Hurst, Bass - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - George Butler, Executive Producer - Patrick Smith, Recording Engineer - Branford Marsalis, Performer - Branford Marsalis, Tenor Saxophone - Branford Marsalis, Soprano Saxophone - Sandy Palmer, 2nd Engineer - B. Marsalis, Composer - B. Marsalis, Lyricist - Meean-Cheem Ustoo, Edited By - Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Drums Copyright : (P) 1990 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

  7. 7 No Backstage Pass (Album Version)

    Tim Geelan, Engineer - Marvin Smith, Drums - Vlado Meller, Mastering Engineer - George Butler, Executive Producer - Ron Carter, Bass - Branford Marsalis, Performer - Branford Marsalis, Arranger - Branford Marsalis & Buckshot Lefonque, Tenor Saxophone - Thomas Mowrey, Producer - B. Marsalis, Composer - B. Marsalis, Lyricist Copyright : (P) 1984 Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.

  8. 8 Sidney In Da Haus (Album Version)

    Delfeayo Marsalis, Producer - Wynton Marsalis, Trumpet - Wessel Anderson, Alto Saxophone - LonJoya, 2nd Engineer - Earl Martin, 2nd Engineer - Major Little, 2nd Engineer - Robert Hurst, Bass - Marion Conaty, 2nd Engineer - George Butler, Executive Producer - Wild William Johnson, 2nd Engineer - Patrick Smith, Mixing Engineer - Patrick Smith, Recording Engineer - Branford Marsalis, Performer - Branford Marsalis, Soprano Saxophone - David Sagher, Trombone - B. Marsalis, Composer - B. Marsalis, Lyricist - Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Drums - Dante Giola, 2nd Engineer Copyright : (P) 1992 Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.

  9. 9 The Dark Keys (Album Version)

    Delfeayo Marsalis, Producer - Dennis Darby, 2nd Engineer - Steve Reynolds, Mastering Engineer - Jason Marsalis, Edited By - Patrick Smith, Recording Engineer - Reginald Veal, Bass - Rob Hunter, 2nd Engineer - Branford Marsalis, Performer - B. Marsalis, Composer - B. Marsalis, Lyricist - Branford Marsalis & Buckshot Lefonque, Tenor Saxophone - Branford Marsalis & Buckshot Lefonque, Soprano Saxophone - Jeff Watts, Drums Copyright : (P) 1996 Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.

  10. 10 Three Little Words (Album Version)

    Delfeayo Marsalis, Producer - H. Ruby, Composer - H. Ruby, Lyricist - Ben Rizzi, Engineer - B. Kalmar, Composer - B. Kalmar, Lyricist - Jelfy ., Edited By - Pat "E.Q." Smith, Mixing Engineer - Tim Geelan, Composer - Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer - George Butler, Executive Producer - Branford Marsalis, Performer Copyright : (P) 1989 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

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  • The Steep Anthology collects various tracks from some of saxophonist Branford Marsalis' best Columbia albums. Beginning with his first session as a leader on 1983's Scenes in the City through to 1999's Requiem -- his second to last album for the label -- the eldest of the Marsalis brothers carved a singular path through the jazz world. Inspired by such innovative luminaries as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Wayne Shorter, Marsalis always displayed a deep understanding of his jazz roots while also looking to put his own unique stamp on the music. Never as buttoned-up as his trumpet-playing brother, the saxophonist made recordings that often seemed brilliantly haphazard, allowing for humorous and idiosyncratic forays into gutbucket blues and torrents of avant-garde skronk. His almost psychic connection with his bandmates, including the late pianist Kenny Kirkland, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, and bassist Robert Hurst, made for exciting and sometimes irreverent music that often gave the impression of eavesdropping on a conversation ripe with inside jokes. Most of the tracks here are original compositions by Marsalis, and many showcase his early "burnout" aesthetic of pushing his solos to the furthest limit he could. Others, such as "Royal Garden Blues" and "Sidney in da Haus," find the versatile New Orleans native rejoicing in his hometown second-line traditions with a bluesy, modernist edge. Marsalis left Columbia in 2002 to start his own independent music label; The Steep Anthology is a fitting tribute to the development of one of the most influential and individualistic jazz musicians of his generation. ~ Matt Collar

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