Branford Marsalis Interview

As usual from any Marsalis, an articulate, provocative and amusing view.

It’s essentially inauthentic when I listen to it. It doesn’t sound like jazz, and I can find few situations with the exception of popular music where the music is so far removed from its roots that it’s so unrecognizable from the original form.

So I didn’t really grow up on the self-esteem campaign. When you were lousy at something, they told you you were lousy, and they told you how to fix it.

. . . because the two elements that you have to have to become successful are cognition and intuition. Intuition does not come without cognition, and my cognitive abilities were very, very low at the time.

I’d had enough of New York living — I had enough of 5-year-olds calling adults by their first name.

I could tell that he played gospel music or R&B or something like that because his feeling was really, really — it had a real strong feel to it. He was playing very simply; he wasn’t playing any overcomplicated thing.

You have a lot of people who want to play jazz but want to ignore the cultural imprint of the music.

But, if you play Eine Kleine Nachtmusik for your kid, the music is whatever your kid wants it to be about. It’s instrumental music. The kids’ imaginations can run wild.