| March 2001|
6 March 2001
| March 2000|
Sony Classical Records
| Footsteps of Our Fathers
Branford Marsalis, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Artist
Branford Marsalis albums, Classical music albums
Creation is a classical music album by Branford Marsalis with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Focused on 20th century French classical music, this second classical album from Marsalis, coming 15 years after his earlier Romances for Saxophone, was recorded March 9 – 11, 2000 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.
The album reached number 2 on the Billboard Top Classical Albums chart.
In his AllMusic review, Richard S. Ginell calls the album a "winner, sumptuously recorded and proof that good things can come from those who wait." He specifically calls out the rendition of Darius Milhaud's La Creation du Monde for praise, calling the performance "well-paced, very polished and urbane, yet sufficiently raucous -- if not ideally swinging -- in the jazzy stretches." Tim Smith, writing for the Baltimore Sun, calls the performance "sometimes sexy" and "thoroughly winning." In PopMatters, Ben Varkentine says the album is "a beautiful and rewarding work, perhaps nowhere more so than on Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche, a suite for Saxophone and Orchestra." Hilarie Grey, writing in JazzTimes, says the recording contains "intimate, sacred moments to vivid cinematic vistas" and calls the artists "a powerful and absorbing combination."
1Gymnopédie no 32:25Creation (Branford Marsalis album) Wikipedia
2The Little Shepherd from Children's Corner Suite2:30
3Pavana pour une infante défunte (arr R Bauch)6:33