Branford Marsalis talking points that suffice until the Ma Rainey stream itself

Following the death of John Le Carré in the news over the weekend two things: Listen to some of the Jerry Goldsmith score for The Russia House (1990) based on the 1989 Le Carré novel and that starred the late Sean Connery as well as featuring the …

Published: 14 Dec 2020. Updated: 17 months.

Following the death of John Le Carré in the news over the weekend two things: Listen to some of the Jerry Goldsmith score for The Russia House (1990) based on the 1989 Le Carré novel and that starred the late Sean Connery as well as featuring the beautiful soprano saxophone-playing of Branford Marsalis; and then from just recently hear Branford in sparkling conversation with fellow saxophonist alto great Miguel Zenón that streamed last week.

More reading in this thread: 'El train'; 'Steep stoops to conquer'. The George C. Wolfe-directed Ma Rainey's Black Bottom starring the late Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis streams on Netflix from Friday. Branford Marsalis photo: Wikipedia.

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Håkon Kornstad, Out of the Loop

Masterclasses come in many forms. The best do not come by that name or purpose and yet exist in such a way as records. That's the added value here. Each one teach one and Out of the Loop could well be your very own personal educational adviser and …

Published: 12 Dec 2020. Updated: 17 months.

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Masterclasses come in many forms. The best do not come by that name or purpose and yet exist in such a way as records. That's the added value here. Each one teach one and Out of the Loop could well be your very own personal educational adviser and even more change your life if you are new to Håkon Kornstad's playing and still getting your shit together as a saxophonist. You'll be sucked in. Beyond all that it works as a recreational listen to fully absorb. On this showing Kornstad's playing is up there, no small praise to lob about recklessly, with John Surman. Solo saxophone recorded in an Oslo church, reasons to listen include: timbral variety; a melodic sense shaped by an experimental dimension; the soloist via tech as orchestra-improviser-composer reacting in the moment; staggering tonguing; tonal euphony; keying captured well in the audio throughout most especially heard on 'Pearlfisher' and there's more. Come to listen, stick around for the contemplation. Out now on Jazzland