Contemporary Jazz (Branford Marsalis album)

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Contemporary Jazz
Branford Marsalis Contemporary Jazz.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 2000
RecordedDecember 1999
StudioBearsville (Woodstock, New York)
LabelSony Music
ProducerBranford Marsalis and Rob "Wacko" Hunter
Branford Marsalis Quartet chronology
Contemporary Jazz
Footsteps of Our Fathers
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars[2]

Contemporary Jazz is a jazz album by the Branford Marsalis Quartet, featuring Branford Marsalis, Eric Revis, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Joey Calderazzo which was recorded on December 1–4, 1999 at Bearsville Sound Studios near Woodstock, New York.


The album received the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Individual or Group in 2000 and reached Number 12 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.[1]

In his AllMusic review, David R. Adler calls the album "a knockout," saying the quartet "deftly [executes] a dizzying series of tempo shifts and subtle cues, all seamlessly worked into a fabric of extended, burning improvisation."[1] Writing in JazzTimes, Willard Jenkins says that Marsalis "shows clear evidence that he's far from satisfied in his quest for excellence on his horns and with his composer's pen. Writing with an exceptional sense of rhythm in particular, Marsalis churns out an eight-chapter gem…"[3] The BBC's called the album "packed with hard-driving, punchy, turn-on-a-dime quartet music, vigorously interactive and razor-sharp, yet pleasingly informal…hard-swinging, occasionally volcanic performances from a quartet at the peak of its powers."[4]

Track listing[edit]

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

1."In the Crease"6:46
4."Cheek to Cheek" (Irving Berlin)8:46
5."Tain Mutiny"8:21
6."Ayanna" (Eric Revis)6:01
7."Countronious Rex" (Jeff "Tain" Watts)8:54



  1. ^ a b c Adler, David R. "Contemporary Jazz". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  3. ^ "Contemporary Jazz, Branford Marsalis Quartet". JazzTimes. October 2000. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  4. ^ "Collection: Contemporary Jazz, Branford Marsalis Quartet". (BBC). Retrieved 2014-12-01.

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