The Steep Anthology

The Steep Anthology

by Branford MarsalisBranford Marsalis


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/02/2004
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969090923
catalogNumber: 90909
Rank: 88648

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Branford Marsalis   Primary Artist,Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass
Kenny Kirkland   Piano
Ellis Marsalis   Piano
Larry Willis   Piano
Robert Hurst   Bass
Reginald Veal   Bass
Jeff "Tain" Watts   Drums
Wessell Anderson   Alto Saxophone
Foster   Piano
Milt Hinton   Bass
Wynton Marsalis   Trumpet
Eric Revis   Bass

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
Branford Marsalis   Composer
Delfeayo Marsalis   Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Rance Brown   Art Direction
Abe Vélez   Packaging Manager
Tom Mowrey   Producer

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