Random Abstract

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Random Abstract
Random Abstract (Branford Marsalis album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 12 & 13, 1987
LabelSony Music
ProducerDr. George Butler (executive producer)/ Delfeayo Marsalis (producer
Branford Marsalis chronology
Random Abstract
Trio Jeepy
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings3.5/4 stars[2]

Random Abstract is a jazz album by saxophonist Branford Marsalis recorded August 12–13, 1987 at Sound City Studios in Tokyo, Japan.[3] It peaked at number 6 on the Top Jazz Albums chart.[4] It was nominated for two Grammy Awards in 1988, Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist (On a Jazz Recording) and Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group.

The AllMusic review by Scott Yanow states, "Branford Marsalis (on tenor and soprano) and his 1987 quartet ... stretch out on a wide repertoire during this generally fascinating set. Very much a chameleon for the date, Marsalis does close impressions of Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Ben Webster, Ornette Coleman, and Jan Garbarek. This is one of Branford Marsalis' most interesting (and somewhat unusual) recordings."[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Yes and No" (Wayne Shorter)
  2. "Crescent City" (Branford Marsalis)
  3. "Broadway Fools" (Branford Marsalis)
  4. "LonJellis" (Kenny Kirkland)
  5. "I Thought About You" (Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Van Heusen)
  6. "Lonely Woman" (Ornette Coleman)
  7. "Steep's Theme" (Branford Marsalis)
  8. "Yesterdays" (Jerome Kern, Otto Harbach)
  9. "Crepuscule with Nellie" (Thelonious Monk)



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 947. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  3. ^ "Random Abstract". Branford Marsalis.com. Retrieved 2014-06-20.
  4. ^ Allmusic Guide
  5. ^ Yanow, Scott. Allmusic Review accessed 20 June 2014.

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