Transcription on Branford Marsalis’ solo on “In The Crease” (live version) by jamesmahone in Types > Research > Arts & Architecture. Happy 58th to #BranfordMarsalis – a most diverse and complex musician. In mid 80s, while still a Berklee College of Music student, Marsalis toured Europe. Contemporary Jazz. Tracks. In The Crease. Branford Marsalis. Requiem. 6: Brafnord Marsalis. Elysium. Branford Marsalis. Cheek To Cheek.

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It allows us to hear what’s next, rather than simply what we already know.

It might have ended there, but then I heard that a lot of other musicians, drummers in particular, were upset that we were writing so many tunes for Tain. I’ve always wanted to write rhythmically challenging music that flows, because I’ve always felt that it’s hard as hell to play odd meters without spelling them out, but then you lose an organic melodic feeling. We’re marsallis students anymore; we’ve gone through ‘university.

I think of how Stravinsky, in his autobiography, talks about the frustration of people finding something of yours that they like, then expecting you to do it for the rest of your life while you’re constantly trying to write something new, that they might not understand.

It’s one of those songs that goes back to when I roomed with ‘Smitty’ Smith at Berklee, and would mess with his Doctor Rhythm machine when he wasn’t around. Everything’s in five, except for one bar in six.


Together they provide that mix of restlessness and assurance, of knowledge and inquiry, which the leader and the music demand. And that means you just play it, accept the consequences, and realize how lucky you are.

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One guy is even constantly sending me emails with Tain titles. Tain called me from the club one night and said, ‘If you ever want to hear bebop the way it’s supposed to be played, get down here! This is not an obvious choice, and is definitely not the easy way out, for a musician who, as he turns 40, has already enjoyed two decades of acclaim and celebrity. Unlike so many musicians Inn meet, who either play modern music at the expense of the tradition or become too immersed in the tradition to play modern music, Joey plays modern, he’s forward thinking, but he still has that attitude.

Transcriptions – “In The Crease” by Branford Marsalis – submitted by HalfNelson

So now we’ll do them forever. And since he and his band are so highly skilled at communicating their vision, his fans can consider themselves equally lucky. Now that I’ve been doing it for so long, I was able to just write the melody for branfrd the Crease’ without worrying about the meter. The disc is completed by a fleet, provocatively arranged version of the standard “Cheek to Cheek,” a “hidden” walking blues “Sleepy Hollow” that finds Branford in a Ben Webster mood and a new version of “Elysium” that transforms a piece first heard in a trio setting on the Requiem CD.


Contemporary Jazz (Branford Marsalis album) – Wikipedia

And as far as the rest of the band getting it,” he laughs, “I’ve learned that you marsalsi rehearse and rehearse and it will remain problematic, but screw it up a couple of times on a gig and you learn it real fast.

I never forgot that. Walter would even pull his hands off the keyboard when he found himself going to a familiar idea.

Now it’s completely different. Skip to main content. This music has its visceral and marsaalis rewards, but it also provides new perspectives and provokes fresh responses.


We’ve gone through what we needed to, as people and as musicians, to be at the top of our game. Kenny’s the one who turned me on to Keith’s music, which has influenced the shape that my ballads would take. But when Keith was ill and couldn’t record, I just decided to save it for this album. Along with celebrating his birthday on August 26, Branford can take heart from knowing that his marsalix has created not only Contemporary Jazz, but contemporary jazz at its finest.