Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling – Upward Spiral

June 28, 2016 / No Comments / Tags: Branford Marsalis, Eric Revis, Joey Calderazzo, Justin Faulkner, kurt elling,, Upward Spiral


A collaboration between an established bandleader and band with an established singer is something that harkens back to a bygone musical age. The teaming of the Branford Marsalis Quartet and singer Kurt Elling is one of those rare and special instances. Upward Spiral is the fantastic documentation of this pairing. To hear musicians of this calibur interact with each other, and the material, is phenomenal The song list is a fairly diverse one taking on tunes by Sonny Rollins, Sting, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Fred Hersch and Oscar Brown, Jr. along with a couple of numbers created by the collaborators on the project. This group handles ballads and bop with equal tenacity. The performances from Elling, Marsalis and the quartet members, which include Joey Caldarazzo on piano, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums, are alive with arrangements that let all of the players to play off each other and do what each does so well. If you enjoy great artistry and great music, this is one you shouldn’t miss.

Click to listen to a clip of “Doxy”:

Tracks: There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon For New York, Blue Gardenia, From One Island To Another, Practical Arrangement, Doxy, I’m A Fool To Want You, West Virginia Rose, Só Tinha de Ser Com Você, Momma Said, Cassandra Song, Blue Velvet, The Return (Upward Spiral).