I Heard You Twice the First Time

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I Heard You Twice the First Time
Branford Marsalis I Heard You Twice.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1992
LabelSony Music
ProducerDr. George Butler (executive producer); Delfeayo Marsalis and Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis chronology
The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
I Heard You Twice the First Time
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB-[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3/4 stars[3]

I Heard You Twice the First Time is a jazz album by Branford Marsalis that explores different aspects of the blues,[4] featuring guest appearances from B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Russell Malone, Wynton Marsalis and Linda Hopkins. It peaked at number 1 on the Top Jazz Albums chart.[5] The album won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Individual or Group.[6]


In his AllMusic review, Scott Yanow calls the album "interesting if erratic," specifically identifying the performance by Linda Hopkins and concluding that this is an "intriguing set that is worth picking up."[1] People praised the album, calling out the "four distinct blues-guitar styles" and the "verve and execution" of the quartet numbers as high points.[4] Entertainment Weekly characterized Marsalis as "a commanding, even great, saxophonist of the post-hard-bop school, but a wayward conceptualist," and criticized the album as suffering from a "serious identity crisis."[2]

Track listing[edit]

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

0.UntitledBranford Marsalis, Jeff Watts, Robert Hurst 
1."Brother Trying to Catch a Cab (On the East Side)"Robert Hurst9:05
2."B.B.'s Blues"B.B. King, Branford Marsalis10:07
3."Rib Tip Johnson" 9:19
4."Mabel"John Lee Hooker6:47
5."Sidney In Da Haus" 6:32
6."Berta, Berta"Public Domain5:28
7."Stretto from the Ghetto"J. Watts7:15
8."Dance of the Hei Gui" 5:32
9."The Road You Choose"Branford Marsalis, Joe Louis Walker6:23
10."Simi Valley Blues" 3:10



  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "I Heard You Twice the First Time". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  2. ^ a b Woodard, Josef (1992-09-18). "Review: I Heard You Twice the First Time". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. ^ a b "Picks and Pans Review: I Heard You Twice the First Time". People Magazine. 1993-03-01. Retrieved 2014-10-16.
  5. ^ Allmusic Guide
  6. ^ "I Heard You Twice the First Time". Branford Marsalis.com. Archived from the original on 2002-01-07. Retrieved 2014-10-16.

External links[edit]

  • BranfordMarsalis.com [1]