It was impressive to spend an hour with the "Big B" before being exposed to his charismatic stage presence.
And instead of some regular 15 minutes his patience had even lasted long enough to enable an excursion into contemporary American culture and lifestyle including what he calls "a fake war" down in Iraq.
"Big B" has a reputation for being a little candid at times and "being gentle" is a certainly not an image, that he seems to be striving for.
Nevertheless, his kind of being critical, harsh, provocative and demanding is more like caring, pushing or inspiring to make things better if possible.
And of course,e provocation is a fine tool to combat one of his biggest enemies in life, boredom.
"Give me a few weeks and I will be able to speak German..."
At this point in his career he seems to focus on the highest possible quality and not just on avoiding boredom by spanning a range from classical music to Public Enemy, Jazz, African and French Music and much much more provides him now with almost unlimited options, solidly built on commitment to talent, learning and practice.
Branford Marsalis had even sounded annoyed about himself when looking at not enough practice at his younger age, though now playing with Symphonic Orchestras seems to provide him with an additional push towards further musical refinement.
Besides some serious knowledge in arts, history and most likely another variety of passions he also seems to be very familiar with the NFL and American Football, where most likely some deep Marsalis Saxophone might have been the better choice for Super Bowl rather than just another MTV Jackson & Timberlake playback hype, which had even been flat in comparison to some regular Lil`Kim, Foxy Brown or Beyoncè.
African Music & Super Bowl
Youssou N'Dour has emerged as his favored African musician and African drumming he calls very intriguing. On the contrary and despite all the love for American Football the overall note on this mega event remains fairly critical.
Interesting is his comment on Graffiti and arts alongside BFBS Reggae DJ legend David Rodigan and ATP CEO Mark Miles.
About education and going abroad
had come to Duesseldorf, Germany to perform with the local Symphonic Orchestra and for a Sunday Jazz brunch. On this occasion he had talked about his various unconventional approaches to music and life in general. Here's his statements on what makes a concert really good, on his label Marsalis Music and the difference of live recordings and regular, modern studio productions.
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Branford Marsalis has very little understanding for the American view on the French and Germans, who had dared not to join President Bush`s coalition of the "willing".
"I have a son and he never agrees with me. But I don`t throw him out of the house".
The War in Iraq
The Sting and stardom
Producer and Def Jam legend and Russel Simmons had failed to impress Branford Marsalis, who prefers being around humble music producers who can read the score.