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Branford Marsalis: Committed

Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis

They call it “burnout”-the vertiginous fever pitch that takes over when the band is pushing hard against the bounds of tonality and time. Usually it’s on an uptempo piece, and combustion most often happens midway through a surging solo.

But with the Branford Marsalis Quartet, predictions are a sucker’s game.

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Nate Chinen

Nate Chinen

Nate Chinen is the director of editorial content for WBGO and a longtime contributor to JazzTimes, which published 125 installments of his column “The Gig” between 2004 and 2017. For 12 years, he was a critic for The New York Times; prior to that, he wrote about jazz for the Village Voice, the Philadelphia City Paper, and several other publications. He is the author of Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century (2018) and the co-author of George Wein’s autobiography Myself Among Others: A Life in Music (2003).