Saxophonist Branford Marsalis and his quartet have been playing rebellious and unapologetic Jazz for the past three decades. Anyone familiar with this group is definitely aware of their high-flying improvisations that can launch at any given moment. “The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul” is a perfect example of freeform at it’s best with each instrumental voice being defined with purpose.
For 20 of those years, piano player Joey Calderazzo and bassist Eric Revis have been a staple in the group. Drummer Justin Faulkner has been with the band for about 10 years respectively. I have to say that the band has reached another pinnacle tending to a collection of moods with motivating commitment. Faulkner’s chops are crisp and smooth. Calderazzo goes ahead and smokes the ivories and Revis’s bass line is fluent and on point. Marsalis outdoes himself on this album, his phrasing is sharp and endless. Each member of the quartet compliments each other the way an improv band should.
“Life Filtering from the Water Flowers” is Marsalis’ one and only composition on this album and it is of true Marsalis form. This arrangement displays a cleverly organized instrumentation with very moving and contained sax riffs only Marsalis can phrase. Calderazzo’s piano playing and Faulkner’s drumming help convey the message Marsalis is bringing across. “Life Filtering from the Water Flowers”, compliments the album as a reflective tribute to his late mother Delores Marsalis.
“The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul” is a definite must-have for all Jazz fans. The creativity of the improvisation tangents in each song is truly an original compilation that cannot be duplicated. This album is an enjoyable and innovative listen that features some engaging moments of Jazz Improvisation. This album serves as a perfect example as to why the Brandfors Marsalis Quartet is held in such high regard for the past 30 years.