Branford Marsalis (music), Kurt Elling (lyrics). Lee Morris and Bernie Wayne. The Return (Upward Spiral). Joey Calderazzo (music), Kurt Elling (lyrics). First Meeting of Acclaimed Ensemble and Singer Yields a Program of Small Group Jazz with Voice for the 21st Century. One of these conversations led to Upward Spiral, the new album with special guest Kurt Elling that Marsalis Music is releasing via OKeh Records on June 10, 2016. One topic we got into was picking the best singer to work with our band, Marsalis recalls. My candidate was Kurt Elling, because he has the most flexible voice around, is always in tune and is a true jazz musician.
In Elling, however, Marsalis has found one who's every bit his match. The saxophonist and his quartet mates are able to telescope focus toward Elling's warm, strong, and pliant voice, and Elling is able to accentuate the inherently melodic and lyrical qualities in this group's work. The beauty in Marsalis' music isn't cited often enough, as many tend to focus exclusively on the edgier side of his sound. Beauty becomes these musicians. They carry the torch of grace to the heavens in their own inimitable upward spiral. Track Listing: There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York; Blue Gardenia; From One Island To Another; Practical Arrangement; Doxy; I'm A Fool To Want You; West Virgina Rose; Só Tinha de Ser Com Você; Momma Said; Cassandra Song; Blue Velvet; The Return (Upward Spiral).
For Marsalis, Upward Spiral is consistent with all of his previous music. My philosophy of jazz is that it should be about strong melodies and a great beat, and every song here has a melody that you can hold in your mind, that you can sing. 180 gram audiophile vinyl. More BRANFORD MARSALIS. It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance. Saxophonist Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner are each bold personalities with strong opinions, equally intense in both musical and verbal exchanges. The band talks about all kinds of things, many of which are unprintable," Marsalis admits. But we have serious musical debates as well. One of these conversations led to Upward Spiral, the new album with special guest Kurt Elling.
Upward Spiral is out June 10, 2016.
It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance. When I met Kurt two years ago at a Thelonious Monk Institute competition, we had a conversation at the bar about doing a record together
Upward Spiral is an album by the Branford Marsalis Quartet with vocalist Kurt Elling. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album. The album was recorded at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, New Orleans, on December 16–19, 2015. The leader of the quartet, saxophonist Branford Marsalis, had not previously recorded an entire album with one vocalist. The other members were pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Justin Faulkner.
With songs that range from Gershwin and Sting to Antonio Carlos Jobim, and original songs from Marsalis and Elling themselves, as well as the Quartet’s dynamic pianist, Joey Calderazzo, their album Upward Spiral was one of the landmark jazz recordings of 2016 – and this will be their only UK performance.
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|1||There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
Written-By – Edwin DuBose Heyward*, George & Ira Gershwin
Written-By – Lester Lee , Sidney Keith Russell
|3||From One Island To Another
Written-By – Chris Whitley
Written-By – Robert Mathes*, Sting
Written-By – Sonny Rollins
|6||I'm A Fool To Want You
Written-By – Frank Sinatra, Jack Wolf, Joel S. Herron*
|7||West Virginia Rose
Written-By – Fred Hersch
|8||So Tinha De Ser Com Voce
Written-By – Aloysio De Oliveira, Antonio Jobim*
Written-By – Branford Marsalis, Calvin Forbes
Written-By – Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling
Written-By – Bernie Wayne, Lee Morris
|12||The Return (Upward Spiral)
Written-By – Joey Calderazzo, Kurt Elling
|13||Long as You're Living (Bonus Track)||8:45|
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Marsalis Music, LLC
- Copyright (c) – Marsalis Music, LLC
- Licensed To – Sony Music Entertainment
- Bass – Eric Revis
- Drums – Justin Faulkner
- Mastered By – Greg Calbi, Steve Fallone
- Piano – Joey Calderazzo
- Recorded By – Rob "Wacko!" Hunter*
- Saxophone, Producer – Branford Marsalis
- Vocals – Kurt Elling
NotesRecorded December 16-19, 2015, at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, LA.
Mixed March 20-27, 2016, at Studio in the Country, Durham, NC.
Mastered March 30, 2016, at Sterling Sound, New York, NY.
Marsalis Music, LLC. Under exlusive license to Sony Music Entertainment, of which OKeh is a registered trademark.
Includes PDF booklet
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Other (HDtracks identifier): HD886445736915
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