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The Steep Anthology


Download links and information about The Steep Anthology by Branford Marsalis. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to Jazz genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 01:14:01 minutes.

Artist: Branford Marsalis
Release date: 2004
Genre: Jazz
Tracks: 10
Duration: 01:14:01
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No. Title Length
1. Doctone (featuring The Branford Marsalis Quartet) 6:07
2. Maria (featuring Ellis Marsalis) 6:09
3. Royal Garden Blues 7:05
4. Evidence (Live) 9:27
5. Cain & Abel 7:48
6. Spartacus (featuring The Branford Marsalis Quartet) 8:15
7. No Backstage Pass 6:48
8. Sidney In Da Haus 6:32
9. The Dark Keys 10:42
10. Three Little Words 5:08



The Steep Anthology collects various tracks from some of saxophonist Branford Marsalis' best Columbia albums. Beginning with his first session as a leader on 1983's Scenes in the City through to 1999's Requiem — his second to last album for the label — the eldest of the Marsalis brothers carved a singular path through the jazz world. Inspired by such innovative luminaries as John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Wayne Shorter, Marsalis always displayed a deep understanding of his jazz roots while also looking to put his own unique stamp on the music. Never as buttoned-up as his trumpet-playing brother, the saxophonist made recordings that often seemed brilliantly haphazard, allowing for humorous and idiosyncratic forays into gutbucket blues and torrents of avant-garde skronk. His almost psychic connection with his bandmates, including the late pianist Kenny Kirkland, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, and bassist Robert Hurst, made for exciting and sometimes irreverent music that often gave the impression of eavesdropping on a conversation ripe with inside jokes. Most of the tracks here are original compositions by Marsalis, and many showcase his early "burnout" aesthetic of pushing his solos to the furthest limit he could. Others, such as "Royal Garden Blues" and "Sidney in da Haus," find the versatile New Orleans native rejoicing in his hometown second-line traditions with a bluesy, modernist edge. Marsalis left Columbia in 2002 to start his own independent music label; The Steep Anthology is a fitting tribute to the development of one of the most influential and individualistic jazz musicians of his generation.