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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 12, 2006
RecordedMarch 13–16, 2006,
Hayti Heritage Center, Durham, NC[1]
LabelMarsalis Music
ProducerBranford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis Quartet chronology
A Love Supreme Live
American Spectrum
Professional ratings
Review scores
Music Box[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings[4]

Braggtown is an album released by The Branford Marsalis Quartet in 2006.

The album, following the 2004 Grammy-nominated Eternal, draws upon a world of inspirations, including John Coltrane, a 17th-century English composer, an American Indian Warrior and a Japanese horror film. Marsalis chose some of the new songs from the band's current repertoire, with an emphasis on what he describes as "that kind of high-energy music we've been playing in live performance."

This album was named after Braggtown, a neighborhood located in the northeastern corner of Durham, North Carolina, as Marsalis has been a resident of the Durham area for the past few years.

The cover of the album shows the four musicians in a locker room in the baseball stadium Durham Bulls Athletic Park.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jack Baker" (Branford Marsalis) - 14:12
  2. "Hope" (Joey Calderazzo) - 11:01
  3. "Fate" (Marsalis) - 08:24
  4. "Blakzilla" (Jeff "Tain" Watts) - 12:40
  5. "O Solitude" (Henry Purcell) - 07:48
  6. "Sir Roderick, the Aloof" (Marsalis) - 05:45
  7. "Black Elk Speaks" (Eric Revis) - 14:10




  1. ^ a b Menconi, David (September 11, 2006). "Branford's bragging rights". The News & Observer. Archived from the original on 22 May 2008.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Music Box review
  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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