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Wynton Marsalis - The Majesty Of The Blues (1989) [Post-Bop / New Orleans Jazz]; APE (image+.cue)

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Wynton Marsalis - The Majesty Of The Blues (1989) [Post-Bop / New Orleans Jazz]; APE (image+.cue)

Unread postby Mike1985 » 01 Jan 2023, 19:45

Artist: Wynton Marsalis
Album: The Majesty Of The Blues
Genre: Post-Bop / New Orleans Jazz
Label: Columbia
Released: 1989
Quality: APE (image+.cue)
  1. The Majesty of the Blues ( The Puheeman Strut ) 15:06
  2. Hickory Dickory Dock 09:06
  3. The New Orleans Function 35:47
    • The Death of Jazz
    • Premature Autopsies (Sermon)
    • Oh, but on the third day (Happy Feet Blues )


  • Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)
  • Freddie Lonzo (trombone)
  • Reginald Veal (bass)
  • Todd Williams (tenor and soprano saxophone)
  • Wycliffe Gordon (trombone)
  • Marcus Roberts (piano)
  • Michael White (clarinet)
  • Danny Barker (banjo)
  • Wessell Anderson (alto saxophone)
  • Herlin Riley (drums)

This is a good album that should have been great. Two lengthy originals ("The Majesty of the Blues" and "Hickory Dickory Dock") find Wynton Marsalis displaying his rapidly developing writing skills, which were being prodded at the time by Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus. His sextet with pianist Marcus Roberts, tenorman Todd Williams and altoist Wes Anderson is in outstanding form on these performances. However, the three-part "New Orleans Function" has two fatal flaws. Marsalis returned to his New Orleans heritage by welcoming the erratic clarinetist Dr. Michael White, veteran banjoist Danny Barker, trombonist Freddie Lonzo and trumpeter Teddy Riley as guests. Unfortunately, an endless "Sermon" about jazz, written by Stanley Crouch and narrated by Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr., drones on for 16 minutes and is unspeakably pompous, killing the momentum for the record. In addition, the closing Dixieland blues is led by the frequently faltering Teddy Riley (while Marsalis plays second trumpet) and is much too ragged to have been released. So, the main reason to acquire this album is for the first two pieces.

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