Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The New York Times has a very positive review of a concert from the Branford Marsalis Quartet at the Village Vanguard:

Branford Marsalis's opening set at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday night was regular by his standards: no high concept, no new instrumentation, no theory or argument via fancy choices of repertory. But in some cases, that's what you want. In the case of this band, one of the better in jazz these days, there's a reassurance in hearing something maintained.

Digging back into the blues, the Asbury Park Press presents it's favorite blues and roots albums for 2004:

Thank God for independent record labels. Were it not for them, some of the best blues releases of 2004 would not have seen the light of day, much less the inside of your CD players.

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