Branford Marsalis: The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born


The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born


Branford Marsalis (soprano sax)


Bloomington (Columbia CK-46990)

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Branford Marsalis (soprano sax), Robert Hurst (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drum).

Recorded: Indiana University Auditorium. September, 1991


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

On this long, slow blues meditation, Branford and his cohorts paint a modern-day abstraction employing the Coltrane palette of colors. The searching and mournful introductory section is both prequel and extension of A Love Supreme. Mid-song, the tempo increases, egged on by Jeff Watts' stellar, almost Eastern work on the toms. Robert Hurst makes the connection back to the head by reconfiguring that main theme into a lower register. Throughout, though, we have Branford at his soulful best.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski


  • 1 JD Mazza // Jan 03, 2008 at 12:07 PM
    Branford Marsalis....enough of the best in the business today...mixing old with new...ya gotta love him