Monday, September 18, 2006
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Song:Cheek To Cheek
Of course sax player Branford Marsalis is from a prominent musical family. He basically started out playing in younger brother Wynton Marsalis' band. He's also done odd things like play with Sting and was musical director for The Tonight Show. In recent years he's returned to jazz with a renewed spirit. Contemporary Jazz was his first recording after the death of long time band pianist Kenny Kirkland in 1999. He brings in the outstanding pianist Joey Calderazzo along with his usual guys bassist Eric Revis & drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts. It's a great band and this is a strong interpretation of the old Irving Berlin song Cheek To Cheek. It was also Branford's last recording for Columbia. He now has his own label Marsalis Music and among others has produced great CDs for Calderazzo & Watts. And of course as New Orleans natives, the entire Marsalis family have been using music to recover from Katrina.