The Mighty Sword
Label: Marsalis Music
Between the Marsalis brothers, Branford's unflappably casual disposition has been something of a foil to the cerebral poise of kid brother Wynton. Driven by the light touch of the quartet's new drummer Justin Faulkner, this spirited, freewheeling jam keeps the simple focus on eloquent soloing. The close collaboration of Marsalis and pianist Joey Calderazzo is apparent from the start with the lithe theme of Calderazzo's "The Mighty Sword." His other composition, "As Summer Into Autumn Slips," offers the record's most sublime moment. It's not quirky or fussy. It's simply four MFs playin' tunes.