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Branford Marsalis: Eternal

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Eternal is Branford Marsalis’ third release on his Marsalis Music imprint, and his fourth with the working quartet of Joey Calderazzo, Eric Revis and Jeff “Tain” Watts. It is an album of evocative ballads, and thus a marked departure from the early-jazz jubilation of last year’s Romare Bearden Revealed.

As for repertoire, Marsalis nods to jazz classics but also continues his practice of featuring band members as composers. Watts weighs in with “Reika’s Loss,” a slow and heartfelt waltz. Calderazzo gives us “The Lonely Swan,” a yearning melody with dark cadences and a moderate bossa feel. Revis’ haunting “Muldoon” features Calderazzo and Marsalis in duet; Orrin Evans and Gregoire Maret interpret the same piece on Revis’ stirring debut album, Tales of the Stuttering Mime (11:11).

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