The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul finds the celebrated ensemble at a new peak, addressing a kaleidoscope of moods with inspiration and group commitment. The quartet that saxophonist Branford Marsalis has led for the past three decades has always been a model of daring, no-apologies artistry, of ever-widening musical horizons and deepening collective identity. With like-minded support from pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner, the band has long been a model of how to sustain and enlarge a musical outlook that is both historically and stylistically inclusive.
Successive recordings have revealed new plateaus, and The Secret Between the Shadow and the Soul, the band's first since 2016's acclaimed Upward Spiral with guest Kurt Elling, captures a new emphasis on both how to express and how to document the music.
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