Branford Marsalis has a new drummer, after playing with the mighty Jeff “Tain” Watts at every opportunity since 1982. He’s Justin Faulkner, he’s 18, and nobody had ever heard of him before he started making gigs with Bran a few weeks ago. I’ve checked out what little Faulkner there is on Youtube. He sounds very green, but unrelenting. Branford likes unrelenting, which is why he played with the mighty Jeff “Tain” Watts at every opportunity since 1982. Presumably he has faith in Faulkner to learn the rest. I was thinking of skipping Branford’s Montreal date this summer. That’s over. I’ll be there.