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Branford Marsalis Quartet
Four MFs Playin' Tunes
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Released: Aug 7, 2012. 2012 Marsalis Music. More By Branford Marsalis Quartet.

But Marsalis knew what he was doing. Faulkner makes his BMQ debut on the no-nonsense Four MFs Playin' Tunes. The program features seven originals and two covers, recorded over a couple of days in 2011. There isn't any conceptual bent to what's here; the definition is in the humorous title - four jazzmen investing themselves fully in a set of diverse compositions, focusing on the details of collective conversation, interplay, harmony, and improvisation. Faulkner has a fine balance of skills: he's physical, he possesses a forcefulness that drives this group, but he can also. There's also a longer reprise of Calderazzo's "Endymion" from his and Marsalis' 2011 duet album, Songs of Mirth and Melancholy. With labyrinthine lyric exchanges by the pianist and Marsalis' tenor, the rhythm section - in a dazzling intricate display of its own - moves it beyond its classical leanings and into more adventurous terrain. Revis' bass here is so illustrative that Calderazzo could have gone off in any direction from the wide-angled melody.

Four MFs Playin' Tunes may have a very plainspoken motive behind its making, but it's not simple and it deserves a grand reception. This record is a real treat and further evidence of Branford Marsalis' mastery of all things musical. Track Listing: The Mighty Sword; Brews; Maestra; Teo; Whiplash; As Summer Into Autumn Slips; Endymion; My Ideal; Treat It Gentle. Personnel: Branford Marsalis: saxophones; Joe Calderazzo: piano; Eric Revis: bass; Justin Faulkner: drums. Title: Four MFs Playin' Tunes Year Released: 2012 Record Label: Marsalis Music.

Branford Marsalis and the members of his quartet joined the North Carolina Symphony for American Spectrum, released in February 2009 by Sweden's BIS Records. The album showcases Marsalis and the orchestra performing a range of American music by Michael Daugherty, John Williams, Ned Rorem and Christopher Rouse, while being conducted by Grant Llewellyn  . The CD and digital release of Four MFs Playin' Tunes followed on August 7, 2012. Vinyl purchases came with a download card that enabled purchasers to receive a free digital copy when it was released.

Propelled by the lithe touch of new drummer Justin Faulkner, Marsalis’ freewheeling quartet moves through a number of moods between the playful opening salvo of pianist Joey Calderazzo on "The Mighty Sword" to the assertive closing ballad, My Ideal. Through it all, the record is satisfying because it stays focused on the fluid group dynamic and eloquent soloing. With neither gimmicks nor frivolous experimentation, it is, quite simply, Four MFs Playin' Tunes. Four MFs Playin' Tunes Branford Marsalis Quartet.

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The results on Four MFs Playin’ Tunes speak for themselves. Before this recording session, Faulkner and the band had two and a half years of gigs to get to know each other. In October 2011, they walked into the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, North Carolina, the site of many Marsalis Music recordings in the last few years, and recorded what might be the best album in the Branford Marsalis Quartet’s history. The skill, power, and artistry are the same as always, but Faulkner has injected a lighter, buoyant brand of melodic propulsion to this unit. One of the secret weapons of the Branford Marsalis Quartet has always been the composing ability of the leader and the sidemen. Marsalis claims that the band is not a democratic force; that it is a coincidence that this record has two originals by each of the three veterans in the band. Marsalis describes the pace of the recording sessions: One of the unique things about this album is how well we played from the first track. I don’t think we had to play more than two takes of any of the song. e were so hooked up with each other.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet is a jazz band. Branford Marsalis – saxophones. Joey Calderazzo - piano (1999–Present). Eric Revis - bass (1997–Present). Justin Faulkner - Drums (2009–Present). Jeff "Tain" Watts - Drums (1986–2009). Kenny Kirkland - Piano (1987–1998). 2016 Upward Spiral (with Kurt Elling). 2012 Four MFs Playin' Tunes. 2004 Coltrane's A Love Supreme Live. 2003 Romare Bearden Revealed. 2002 Footsteps of Our Fathers.

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 The Mighty Sword
Composed By – Joey Calderazzo
2 Brews
Composed By – Eric Revis
3 Maestra
Composed By – Eric Revis
4 Teo
Composed By – Thelonious Monk
5 Whiplash
Composed By – Branford Marsalis
6 As Summer Into Autumn Slips
Composed By – Joey Calderazzo
7 Endymion
Composed By – Branford Marsalis
8 My Ideal
Composed By – Leo Robin, Newell Chase, Richard A. Whiting*
9 Treat It Gentle
Composed By – Branford Marsalis

Companies, etc.

  • Recorded At – Hayti Heritage Center
  • Mixed At – Studio In The Country, Durnham, North Carolina
  • Record Company – Universal Classics & Jazz
  • Record Company – Universal Music Group International
  • Mastered At – Sterling Sound
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Marsalis Music
  • Copyright (c) – Marsalis Music
  • Marketed By – Universal Music LLC
  • Distributed By – Universal Music LLC


  • Bass – Eric Revis
  • Drums – Justin Faulkner
  • Mastered By – Greg Calbi
  • Piano – Joey Calderazzo
  • Producer – Branford Marsalis
  • Recorded By, Mixed By – Rob "Wacko!" Hunter*
  • Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone – Branford Marsalis


Recorded October 11 & 12, 2011.
Track 9 is a bonus track.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 4 988005 704733

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
0874946 001809 Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin' Tunes ‎(CD, Album) Marsalis Music 0874946 001809 Europe 2012
Mars 0018 Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin' Tunes ‎(CD, Album) Marsalis Music Mars 0018 US 2012
MARS 0018 Branford Marsalis Quartet Four MFs Playin' Tunes ‎(2xLP, Album, Ltd, 180) Marsalis Music MARS 0018 US 2012