Footsteps of Our Fathers

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Footsteps of Our Fathers
Branford marsalis footsteps of our fathers.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 2002
RecordedDecember 2001
LabelMarsalis Music
ProducerBranford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis Quartet chronology
Contemporary Jazz
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian4/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times3.5/5 stars[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings2.5/4 stars[4]

Footsteps of Our Fathers is a jazz album by the Branford Marsalis Quartet, featuring Branford Marsalis, Eric Revis, Jeff "Tain" Watts, and Joey Calderazzo, which was recorded December 1–3, 2001 at Bearsville Sound Studios in New York, New York. Marsalis's first recording for his new label Marsalis Music after 18 years on Sony Music, the album features the quartet's recording of four significant works of jazz from the years 1955 to 1964, including works by Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins (The Freedom Suite), John Coltrane (A Love Supreme), and the Modern Jazz Quartet.


The album peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart.[1]

John Fordham, reviewing the album in The Guardian, writes that "The pieces are all postwar jazz standards … but the band handles it all as if it were metal to be melted down and refashioned, not fine china to be merely dusted over."[2] Writing for, Dan McClenaghan calls the album "the first great Branford Marsalis album since 96's The Dark Keys."[5] Nate Chinen, in his JazzTimes review, says that the listening experience is "disconcerting to hear these opuses revisited so faithfully-all the more so because Marsalis, despite obvious burdens of influence, somehow manages to claim them as his own. ... throughout the disc, Marsalis explores the sharp-cornered abandon that has always distinguishing his playing-and it seems more focused on Footsteps than on all but his best prior efforts."[6] And writing in JazzReview, Samira Blackwell says, "The repertory might have some years on it, but the playing does not suffer at all and provides a phenomenal vehicle for Marsalis’s indomitable personality. … Marsalis manages to give the listener déjà vu chills at times, yet puts his personal sound on the music. This tightrope walking could go badly very easily, but Branford pulls it off with a style that eclipses his previously recorded CDs."[7] Lastly, in the Los Angeles Times, Howard Reich says that "Marsalis is not simply retracing the steps of two acknowledged masterpieces. On the contrary, he offers a decidedly fresh perspective on these milestones, attaining profound balladry in certain passages of 'Freedom,' and ferocious energy and a searing intensity in the climactic sections of 'Supreme.'"[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."Giggin'" (Ornette Coleman)7:20
2."The Freedom Suite: Movement I" (Sonny Rollins)6:05
3."The Freedom Suite: Interlude" (Sonny Rollins)0:59
4."The Freedom Suite: Movement II" (Sonny Rollins)8:19
5."The Freedom Suite: Movement III" (Sonny Rollins)7:33
6."A Love Supreme Pt 1: Acknowledgment" (John Coltrane)7:11
7."A Love Supreme Pt 2: Resolution" (John Coltrane)12:37
8."A Love Supreme Pt 3: Pursuance" (John Coltrane)8:10
9."A Love Supreme Pt 4: Psalm" (John Coltrane)4:18
10."Concorde" (John Lewis)5:01



  1. ^ a b "Footsteps of Our Fathers". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  2. ^ a b Fordham, John (2002-08-16). "Jazz CD releases: Branford Marsalis: Footsteps of Our Fathers". Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  3. ^ a b Reich, Howard (2002-09-01). "Brad Mehldau Synthesizes, Branford Marsalis Rhapsodizes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 949. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ McClenaghan, Dan (2002-08-07). "Footsteps of Our Fathers: Music Review". Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  6. ^ Chinen, Nate (September 2002). "Footsteps of Our Fathers: Branford Marsalis". JazzTimes. Retrieved 2014-12-17.
  7. ^ Blackwell, Samira (2002-10-02). "Footsteps of Our Fathers by Branford Marsalis". Retrieved 2014-12-17.

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