The Marsalis Quartet has long been considered one of the most adventurous working ensembles in jazz today.

The Marsalis Quartet has long been considered one of the most adventurous working ensembles in jazz today. Here, bowing for its leader's own label, the ensemble makes walking the line between artistry and accessibility look so easy that one is apt to wonder why every project can't explore these diametrically opposed roads so comfortably. Well-worn compositions by four of the saxophonist's musical forefathers—Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and John Lewis—are tackled, each interpreted with equal doses of reverence and free-spirited creative license. The fact that Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis, and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts take on Trane's entire four-part A Love Supreme suite—true jazz sacred ground if ever there was such a thing—bespeaks their willingness to simultaneously pay tribute to the past while never making the music an untouchable museum piece.—SG