Branford Marsalis has a skillset pulled from his life’s work as a touring jazz musician. He also has the luxury of a working band of 20 years, whose collective personnel — Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderrazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner — can go places that others just can’t.
Their new album, The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul, which OKeh will release on March 1, is a joyful declaration of this reality. And ahead of a sold-out appearance on Wednesday night at Jazz Standard in New York, Branford dropped by Morning Jazz to chat about the band, the record, and the state of this music we call jazz.
The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul is out on March 1; preorder here.