Buckshot LeFonque (album)

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Buckshot LeFonque
Branford Marsalis Buckshot LeFonque.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 1994
GenreJazz / R&B
LabelSony Music
ProducerBranford Marsalis / DJ Premier / Blackheart
Buckshot LeFonque (Branford Marsalis) chronology
Buckshot LeFonque
Loved Ones
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC- [2]

Buckshot LeFonque is the eponymous debut album of Branford Marsalis's jazz/hip-hop/rock group. Creating a new hybrid sound, It peaked at number 38 on the Heatseekers Billboard chart and number 94 on the R&B Albums chart.[1]

In his AllMusic review, Richard Ginell calls the album "a breakthrough… a marvelously playful and, above all, musical fusion of the old jazz verities and newer currents swirling around the 1990s."[1] David Hajdu's Entertainment Weekly review was more harsh, saying, "The gimmick betrays a project of iffy conviction" and calling the project "old-fashioned," "uninspired," and "all too serious."[2] And People Magazine wrote, "Buckshot Lefonque goes from being a cool idea to be-coming cool music only when Branford and crew let hip hop's noise erupt."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Branford Marsalis, except where indicated.

1."Ladies & Gentlemen, Presenting..."Branford Marsalis, Chris E. Martin1:14
2."The Blackwidow Blues" 6:10
3."I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"Maya Angelou, Branford Marsalis8:05
4."Mona Lisas (And Mad Hatters)"Elton John, Bernie Taupin4:49
5."Wonders and Signs"Branford Marsalis, Chris E. Martin5:34
6."Ain't It Funny" 6:45
7."Some Cow Fonque (More Tea, Vicar?)" 5:12
8."Some Shit @ 78 BPM (The Scratch Opera)"Chris E. Martin2:10
9."Hotter Than Hot"Chris E. Martin4:20
10."Breakfast @ Denny's"Branford Marsalis, Chris E. Martin6:25
11."Shoot the Piano Player" 0:10
12."No Pain, No Gain"Branford Marsalis, Chris E. Martin, Victor Wooten5:27
13."Sorry, Elton" 0:26
14."...And We Out" 2:08



  1. ^ a b c Ginell, Richard S. "Buckshot LeFonque". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  2. ^ a b Hajdu, David (1994-07-15). "Buckshot LeFonque". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-10-21.
  3. ^ "Picks and Pans: Buckshot LeFonque Review". 1994-07-11. Retrieved 2014-10-21.

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