I read a great article with Branford Marsalis this past week and it lived up to the strong opinions I have come to expect from him. Branford has never been afraid to say exactly what he is thinking and I have, over the years, come to respect that about him.
Whether it’s the state of jazz or classical music, or his opinion on what is going on in the greater music world, he doesn’t pull any punches. And whether you agree or disagree with his point of view, you gotta respect the guy for saying exactly how he is feeling about a particular topic or event.
The title is very misleading, so don’t pay it any attention. He does offer his opinion up on Jay-Z, but it is not hateful as you would expect from the title. It’s also cool to hear him talk about playing classical music and some of his opinions on why he appreciates expressing himself through written music as well as improvised.
Ok, enough from me, I’ll let you read the article from the source and decide for yourself if you agree with all that he is saying.