What the hell is becoming of this world? Policemen strike in Brazil and the crime rate explodes, people are not even able to ride a bus in safety, fear for their lives in their houses and the military needs to be brought in to secure some safety… yes, we are living in a material world, but … Or maybe this is just the end of the road for money doing all the talking and money running the world, not politicians, but banks and rating houses.
One could get depressed about all this – but then there are Four MFs Playin’ Tunes – and how !!! Pure jazz on a level of composition and improvisation that is hardly reached and really playing together as a group, a unit. Be it hard, be it a soft ballad, a free improvised section or one written out – these guys really play! Four MFs Playin’ Tunes is the new album by the Branford Marsalis Quartet, which will be released early April, just before he will go on a short tour of Europe – Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Poland are the countries where the quartet can be heard Playin’ Tunes.
If you enjoyed Metamophosen, the quartet’s previous release, you will enjoy this one even more. It is just a musical and emotional pleasure to close your eyes and fall into the expressions of these guys. Tracks like The Mighty Sword, Endymion and Maestra stand out for me for their deepness and power and As Summer into Autumn Slips is a beautiful ballad full of beautiful dreamlike moments.
When you have Four MFs Playin’ Tunes like these guys do, for an hour at least you can forget the madness of the world and drift away…….