Bloomington (album)

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Branford Marsalis Bloomington.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedMay 1993
RecordedSeptember 23, 1991
LabelSony Music
ProducerDr. George Butler (executive producer); Delfeayo Marsalis
Branford Marsalis chronology
The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
Buckshot LeFonque
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3.5/4 stars[4]

Bloomington is a jazz album by Branford Marsalis, featuring the trio that had recorded his studio album The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born. It peaked at number 9 on the Top Jazz Albums chart.[1]

In his AllMusic review, Scott Yanow calls the album "very long-winded and rather dull" and says of Marsalis that he "seems content to play the part of a chameleon, doing his impressions of late-period Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and (when he switches to soprano) Ornette Coleman."[1] The Los Angeles Times praised the recording, saying "the telling of what he finds is revealing and beautiful in ways only the best improvisational music can be."[2] Jazz historian David Hajdu called the recording "a career-positioning statement in matter-of-fact musical terms" and "insular music for the hard-bop elite" in a review for Entertainment Weekly[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Branford Marsalis, except where indicated.

1."Xavier's Lair" 15:14
2."Everything Happens to Me"Tom Adair, Matt Dennis7:52
3."The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born" 19:24
4."Citizen Tain" 16:52
5."Friday the 13th"Thelonious Monk11:17
6."Roused About"Robert Hurst7:20



  1. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "Bloomington". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  2. ^ a b Kohlhaase, Bill (1993-06-06). "Album Review: Branford Marsalis, Espressivo". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  3. ^ a b Hajdu, David (1993-06-04). "Bloomington". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.

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