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World-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis, born in 1960, has always been a man of numerous musical interests. The three-time Grammy winner has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that has allowed him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world's most promising new and ... Read more in Amazon's Branford Marsalis Store

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  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Marsalis Music
  • ASIN: B004XD06UY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his Quartet's longtime pianist, Joey Calderazzo, share a collection of melodic songs on their latest release, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy. Born of an evolving love of music and set in the deep focus of serious listening and learning, it is full of virtuosity and joy, touching the listener with its expressiveness, melody, emotion; those elements of music that transcend genre and period and speak to us of inspiration and beauty. Comprised primarily of original compositions from each musician, a Wayne Shorter tune paying tribute to that great man and a nod to Brahms, the duo presented here provides the listener with a glimpse into their ever deepening musical journey.

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In 'Songs of Mirth and Melancholy' Marsalis and Calderazzo seem to tap into even deeper levels of musical empathy and intuition

It may have taken just three days to record, but this new duo recording from sax player Branford Marsalis and pianist Joey Calderazzo has 13 years of music-making behind it, dating back to when Calderazzo replaced the late, great Kenny Kirkland in the Branford Marsalis Quartet in 1998. We've come to expect a superabundance of imagination from both these players, but in Songs of Mirth and Melancholy Marsalis and Calderazzo seem to tap into even deeper levels of musical empathy and intuition.

Having finally decided to take the plunge and record a decision precipitated by a short, four-tune set at the 2009 Newport Jazz Festival - what impresses most over the album's nine tracks is the sheer variety of treatment. Calderazzo's rollicking opener ''One Way'' presents a powerful mash-up of rolling boogie-woogie and Monk-like angularity (the melodic contrary motion leading to a crunching dissonance could be straight out of Monk s Brilliant Corners). The hushed intimacy of Marsalis's ''The Bard Lachrymose'', which references Prokofiev, Wagner and Schumann, deftly liberates the melodic line from the bar line, while the sparkling interaction and melodic subtleties of another Marsalis tune, ''Endymion'', make a striking centre piece.

As well as a sumptuous cover of Wayne Shorter s ''Face on the Barroom Floor'' (from the Weather Report album Sportin Life), there s also a tender interpretation of an early Brahms song, ''Die Trauernde'' (The Mourner), which Marsalis identifies as ''the inspiration for how we approach everything as a duo''. With its rhythmic ebullience and boldly drawn counterpoint, the album s sign-off, ''Bri s Dance'' - from Calderazzo's solo CD Haiku - is one of the most extraordinary things I've heard this year. And, as one has come to expect of all Marsalis Music releases, the album is beautifully recorded too. --The Arts Desk

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Will enjoy this music over and over.
Julia Ann Ferguson
May Marsalis and Calderazzo continue to work together for a long time, and may they continue to write and play music as beautiful as what is presented in this album.
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The sax and piano sounds very special .
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Fuller on July 15, 2011
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After more than a decade of working together, Brandford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo finally recorded this album of duets. Each contributed new material, and they also included two covers: Johann Brahms's "Die Trauernde" ("The Sad Maiden"), and Wayne Shorter's "Face on the Barroom Floor". (Charlie Chaplin created a short of the same title that illustrates the story--worth checking out on YouTube.) Mirth and Melancholy are both covered here, but emphasis is on the melancholy. "Hope," composed by Calderrazo, was previously recorded on the 2006 album Braggtown. It is very interesting to compare the two versions--I thought it couldn't be any more beautiful than the haunting first recording, but I was wrong. My uncle, a liturgical composer, identifies Branford Marsalis as "the one who can make a saxophone sigh." He does that here in ways that are almost unbelievable. Remember, the saxophone is a wind instrument with pressed keys. I literally do not know how he gets some of those sounds from that instrument.

My two other favorites on the album are "La Valse Kendall" and "The Bard Lachrymose." The first is a simple waltz, again written by Calderazzo, that evokes another, more romantic era. I honestly thought it was a very old song before I checked the notes. My youngest son says it makes him think of "moonlight, candles and a castle."

"The Bard Lachrymose," Marsalis's song, is so beautiful that my oldest son is trying to learn it on his saxophone as I write this, and his practice doesn't bother me a bit. "Lachrymose" also sounds like it comes from another time, as if John Dowland might have penned it during a sad moment.

If you like Branford's more progressive jazz side, you'll enjoy "Endymion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia Ann Ferguson on August 7, 2011
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Will enjoy this music over and over. Heard them play a few songs last night at the OC Great Park in Irvine... under the stars with light breeze, these tunes easing thru the air was like being transported to Heaven. Had to stop by and purchase the whole thing!

You won't be sorry unless you don't buy it!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Asen on June 9, 2011
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These two are the masters of the jazz ballard..in the tradition of what they have been doing together since Eternal, Braggtown and Metamorphson....this is subperb...Branford on soprano as always the best...If you buy one jazz cd this year make it this one
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By melwest on August 14, 2012
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When I bought tickets recently for a concert with Branford Marsalis, I had never heard of Joey Calderazzo. Oh goodness, what I've been missing! He is so sophisticated, so warm, such a perfect partner to Brandford Marsalis that I'm stunned they haven't done more albums together. This is a must buy album, period. This is the type of heart-felt, soulful, rich, sophisticated, warm, thoughtful...you get the idea....excellent jazz that can bring tears to your eyes. This version of Eternal, which Branford says he wrote for his wife, is truly a moving love song. This is the type of music that gently demands you listen to with both ears, eyes gently closed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Whalley on March 14, 2012
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Love the entire CD, but HOPE touched my soul in new places. Would love more collaborations between these two fine artists.
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By Jacobo Kerpel on February 11, 2014
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Excellent record and beautiful songs. The sax and piano sounds very special . I love it and highly recomended it
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The first thing that ought to be said about this lovely disc is that, by and large, there is much more "melancholy" on offer here than "mirth". What ought next to be said is that the opening track, Calderazzo's jaunty "One Way", does not really give an accurate taste of what the remainder of the disc is going to offer. That having been said, this is a magical set of performances, performances that reveal just how in-synch Marsalis and Calderazzo are with each other and also reveals their love for classical idioms as well as their love of jazz. If you are a fan of either artist--in particular if you enjoy the classical-leaning side of Branford Marsalis highlighted on discs such as "Creation" or "Romances for Saxophone"--"Songs of Mirth and Melancholy" is an album that you are bound to cherish.
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By Georgia on April 24, 2013
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I wasn't really sure what to expect since I didn't preview it, but it's good. Great duo! Glad they decided to collaborate
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