By Larry Blumenfeld
Updated September 22, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

With his band (drummer Jeff ”Tain” Watts, pianist Joey Calderazzo, and bassist Eric Revis), saxophonist Branford Marsalis achieves a special blend of fire and cohesion. Three barn burners on Braggtown flaunt that power: ”Jack Baker” builds scale-based furor; ”Blakzilla” rides an odd-metered groove; and ”Black Elk Speaks” weaves an episodic tale.

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