Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Branford Marsalis - I Heard You Twice The First Time (1992)

Recorded around the time Marsalis became the leader of The Tonight Show band, this CD is a blues album cut by a jazz quartet. Marsalis claims his goal was to reclaim "the folk and peasant aspects of black society that most jazz people disassociate themselves form as quickly as possible." It's a noble, but uneven attempt. However, it has Kenny Kirkland on piano, so it can't be a bad album. Kirkland was one of those rare musicians that raised the musicianship of all around him. He is missed.

Tracks: I prefer the more straight-ahead blues tunes here: B.B's Blues (with a guest spot from B.B. King, natch), Rib Tip Johnson (you don't often hear blues on soprano sax), and Mabel (with John Lee Hooker). There a few tracks that are more in the post-bop vein, which I don't care for as much. The first half of the CD is much better than the second half.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I love the title of this CD and say it almost every time someone repeats themselves to me.

Previously revisited for the blog:
Romances for Saxophone (1986)

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