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Wynton Marsalis

The most famous jazz musician since 1980, Wynton Marsalis had a major impact on jazz almost from the start. In the early '80s, it was major news that a young and very talented black musician would choose to make a living playing acoustic jazz rather than fusion, funk, or R&B. Marsalis' arrival on the scene started the "Young Lions" movement and resulted in major labels (most of whom had shown no interest in jazz during the previous decade) suddenly signing and promoting young players. There had been a major shortage of new trumpeters since 1970, but Marsalis' sudden prominence inspired an entire new crop of brass players. The music of the mid-'60s Miles Davis Quintet had been somewhat overshadowed when it was new, but Marsalis' quintet focused on extending the group's legacy and soon other "Young Lion" units were using Davis' late acoustic work as their starting point.

During his career, Marsalis has managed to be a controversial figure despite his obvious abilities. His selective knowledge of jazz history (considering post-1965 avant-garde playing to be outside of jazz and '70s fusion to be barren) is unfortunately influenced by the somewhat eccentric beliefs of Stanley Crouch, and his hiring policies as musical director of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra led to exaggerated charges of ageism and racism from local writers. However, more than balancing all of this out is Marsalis' inspiring work with youngsters, many of whom he has introduced to jazz; a few young musicians, such as Roy Hargrove, have been directly helped by Marsalis.

Marsalis' trumpet playing has been both over-criticized and (at least early on) overpraised. When he first arrived on the scene with the Jazz Messengers, his original inspiration was Freddie Hubbard. However, by the time he began leading his own group, Marsalis often sounded very close to Miles Davis (particularly when holding a long tone), although a version of Davis with virtuosic technique. He was so widely praised by the jazz press at the time (due to their relief that the future of jazz finally seemed safe) that there was an inevitable backlash. Marsalis' sometimes inaccurate statements about jazz of the '70s and the avant-garde in general made some observers angry, and his rather derivative tone at the time made it seem as if there was always going to have to be an asterisk by his name when evaluating his talents. Some listeners formed permanent impressions of Marsalis as a Miles Davis imitator, but they failed to take into account that he was still improving and developing. With the 1990 recording Tune in Tomorrow, Marsalis at last sounded like himself. He had found his own voice by exploring earlier styles of jazz (such as Louis Armstrong's playing), mastering the wah-wah mute, and studying Duke Ellington. From that point on, even when playing a Miles Davis standard, Marsalis had his own sound and has finally taken his place as one of jazz's greats.

The son of pianist Ellis Marsalis, the younger brother of Branford and the older brother of Delfeayo and Jason (the Marsalis clan as a whole can be accurately called "The First Family of Jazz"), Wynton (who was named after pianist Wynton Kelly) received his first trumpet at age six from Ellis' employer, Al Hirt. He studied both classical and jazz and played in local marching bands, funk groups, and classical orchestras. Marsalis played first trumpet in the New Orleans Civic Orchestra while in high school. He went to Juilliard when he was 18 and in 1980 he made his first recordings with the Art Blakey Big Band and joined the Jazz Messengers.

By 1981, the young trumpeter was the talk of the jazz world. He toured with Herbie Hancock (a double LP resulted), continued working with Blakey, signed with Columbia, and recorded his first album as a leader. In 1982, Marsalis not only formed his own quintet (featuring brother Branford and soon Kenny Kirkland, Charnett Moffett, and Jeff "Tain" Watts) but recorded his first classical album; he was immediately ranked as one of the top classical trumpeters of all time. His quintet with Branford lasted until late 1985, although a rift developed between the brothers (fortunately temporary) when Branford finally quit the band to tour with Sting's pop group. By that time Wynton was a superstar, winning a countless number of awards and polls.

Marsalis' next group featured pianist Marcus Roberts, bassist Robert Hurst, and drummer Watts. Over time the group grew to become a four-horn septet with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, altoist Wes Anderson, Todd Williams on tenor, bassist Reginald Veal, drummer Herlin Riley, and (by the early '90s) pianist Eric Reed. Marsalis really developed his writing during this era (being influenced by Duke Ellington) and the septet proved to be a perfect outlet for his arranging. Although Marsalis broke up the band by 1995, many of the musicians still appear in his special projects or with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

In 1997, Marsalis' marathon Blood on the Fields (which was released as a three-CD set) became the first jazz-based work to win a Pulitzer Prize. Standard Time, Vol. 5: The Midnight Blues followed a year later. With the passing of so many jazz giants, Marsalis' importance (as a trumpeter, leader, writer, and spokesman for jazz) continued to grow. Standard Time, Vol. 4: Marsalis Plays Monk followed in 1999 to coincide with the popular PBS special. Then, as if eight proper recordings in 1999 weren't enough, Columbia and Marsalis released an amazingly affordable seven-disc set entitled Live at the Village Vanguard. Mid-2000 saw the release of Marciac Suite and Goin' Down Home. Two years later, Marsalis celebrated the blues on All Rise. Next up was his first album for Blue Note, The Magic Hour, an album of original material released early in 2004. Later that year, the label released Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Marsalis' soundtrack to a Ken Burns documentary. Marsalis' second studio effort for Blue Note, the politically and socially aware From the Plantation to the Penitentiary, followed in 2007.

In 2008, Marsalis teamed up with country icon Willie Nelson for the live album Two Men with the Blues, which featured the duo performing over a two-night stint at Lincoln Center. The following year, Marsalis released the concept album He and She, in which he explored the theme of relationships between men and women. In 2011, he returned with the live album Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles, which once again paired him with Nelson as well as vocalist Norah Jones. That same year, Marsalis, who had previously guested on guitarist Eric Clapton's 2010 album Clapton, again paired with the rock/blues master for the concert album Play the Blues: Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center. Also in 2011, Marsalis contributed the score to Burns' documentary Prohibition.

Over the next few years, Marsalis kept busy performing, as well as appearing regularly on television as a cultural correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. He also joined the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) for Live in Cuba, a 2015 two-disc release featuring the ensemble's first-ever performances in Cuba. In 2016, Marsalis released The Abyssinian Mass, a recording of his 2008 composition commemorating the 200th anniversary of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church. An extensive work, The Abyssinian Mass showcased the connections between secular and sacred music and featured the JLCO along with Damien Sneed and Chorale le Chateau. In early 2017, The Music of John Lewis, a 2013 Lincoln Center concert celebrating the music of the Modern Jazz Quartet founder, was released and featured collaborator Jon Batiste. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography


Track List: Wynton Marsalis - Live At Bubba's, 1980

1. Angel Eyes (Live)

2. Bitter Dose (Live)

3. Jodi (Live)

4. Wheel Within A Wheel (Live)

5. Gypsy (Live)


Track List: Jazz Time

1. Twilight

2. After

3. Insane Asylum

4. Knozz-Moe-King

5. Juan

6. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

7. Cherokee

8. Goodbye

9. A Foggy Day


Track List: The Spiritual Side Of Wynton Marsalis

1. I Hear A Knockin' (Solo)

2. All Rise XII: I Am (Don't You Run From Me)

3. If I Hold On

4. Processional

5. Psalm 26

6. Awakening

7. Hymn

8. Precious Lord, Take My Hand

9. In The Sweet Embrace Of Life Sermon: Holy Ghost

10. Flee As A Bird To The Mountain

11. Sing On

12. Benediction

13. Oh We Have A Friend In Jesus

14. To Higher Ground

15. Pot Blessed Dinner


Track List: The Music Of America


Track List: Selections From Swingin' Into The 21st

2. Loose Duck

3. Northbound - Southbound

5. Observation Car

6. Mademoiselle D'Gascony

7. Morning Song

10. King Porter Stomp

11. The Pearls

12. Hackensack

13. Green Chimneys


Track List: Vitoria Suite

Disc 1

1. Gran Doce

2. Suave En La Noche

3. Jason Y Jasone

4. Buleria El Portalon

5. La Llamada De La Sangre

6. La Decision De Inaki

Disc 2

1. The Tree Of Freedom

2. Deep Blue (From The Foam)

3. This Land And The Ocean

4. Dato Street Fiesta

5. Basque Song

6. Menditzorrotza Swing


Track List: He And She

1. Poem

3. Poem

4. The Sun And The Moon

6. Sassy

7. Poem

8. Fears

9. Poem

10. The Razor Rim

11. Poem

12. Zero

13. Poem

14. First Crush

15. First Slow Dance

16. First Kiss

17. First Time

18. Poem

19. Girls

20. Poem

21. A Train, A Banjo, And A Chicken Wing

22. He And She


Track List: Goin' Down Home

1. Takin' A Chance On Love (Feat. Oliver Gannon, Lorne Kellet & Black Cultured Pearl)

2. But Beautiful (Feat. Oliver Gannon, Lorne Kellet & Black Cultured Pearl)

3. Poor Butterfly (Feat. Oliver Gannon, Lorne Kellet & Black Cultured Pearl)

4. Poor Some More (Feat. Torben Oxbol, Oliver Gannon & Lorne Kellet)

5. Stormy Weather (Feat. Oliver Gannon, Lorne Kellet & Black Cultured Pearl)

6. Wynton (Feat. Torben Oxbol, Oliver Gannon & Lorne Kellet)

7. Blue Skies (Feat. Oliver Gannon, Lorne Kellet & Black Cultured Pearl)

8. Solitude (Feat. Oliver Gannon, Lorne Kellet & Black Cultured Pearl)

9. Wynton (Feat. Torben Oxbol, Oliver Gannon & Lorne Kellet) (Alternate Take)

10. Confessin' (Feat. Black Cultured Pearl, Oliver Gannon & Lorne Kellet)

11. Pennies From Heaven (Feat. Oliver Gannon, Lorne Kellet & Black Cultured Pearl)

12. Lover Man (Feat. Black Cultured Pearl, Oliver Gannon & Lorne Kellet)

13. East Of The Sun (Feat. Torben Oxbol, Oliver Gannon & Lorne Kellet)

14. Smiles (Feat. Oliver Gannon, Lorne Kellet & Black Cultured Pearl)


Track List: Standards & Ballads

1. When It's Sleepy Time Down South

2. Stardust

3. Embraceable You

4. Reflections

5. After You've Gone

6. The Seductress

7. My Ideal

8. Spring Yaounde

9. Melancholia

10. Where Or When

11. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry

12. April In Paris

13. I Can't Get Started

14. Flamingo


Track List: From The Plantation To The Penitentiary

1. From The Plantation To The Penitentiary

2. Find Me

3. Doin' (Y)Our Thing

4. Love And Broken Hearts

5. Supercapitalism

6. These Are Those Soulful Days

7. Where Y'all At?


Track List: Live At The House Of Tribes (Live)

1. Green Chimneys (Live)

2. Just Friends (Live)

3. You Don't Know What Love Is (Live)

4. Donna Lee (Live)

5. What Is This Thing Called Love (Live)

6. 2nd Line (Live)


Track List: Unforgivable Blackness: A Film By Ken Burns - Original Soundtrack Recording

1. What Have You Done?

2. Ghost In The House

3. Jack Johnson Two-Step

4. But Deep Down

5. Love & Hate

6. High Society

7. Careless Love

8. New Orleans Bump

9. Trouble My Soul

10. Deep Creek

11. The Johnson 2-Step

12. Rattlesnake Tail Swing

13. Weary Blues

14. Troubles My Soul

15. Johnson Two-Step

16. Fire In The Night

17. Morning Song

18. I'll Sing My Song

19. Buddy Bolden's Blues

20. The Last Bell


Track List: Popular Songs: The Best Of Wynton Marsalis

1. Jig's Jig

2. Root Groove

3. I Got Lost In Her Arms

4. Where or When

5. Cherokee

6. Black Codes

7. Double Rondo On The River (Pedro's Getaway)

8. Down Home With Homey

9. Sunflowers

10. Invitation

11. The End Of A Love Affair

12. Soon All Will Know


Track List: Trumpet Concertos

1. Trumpet Overture From The Indian Queen

2. Sonata À 5 For Trumpet And Strings, T.V.7

3. Concerto In D Major For Trumpet, Two Oboes And Strings: I. Allegro

4. Concerto In D Major For Trumpet, Two Oboes And Strings: II. Largo

5. Concerto In D Major For Trumpet, Two Oboes And Strings: III. Allegro (Moderato)

6. Sonata À 5 For Trumpet And Strings, T.V.3

7. Concerto No. 2 For Solo Trumpet And Strings, MWV IV,13: I. [Allegro]

8. Concerto No. 2 For Solo Trumpet And Strings, MWV IV,13: II. [Adagio]

9. Concerto No. 2 For Solo Trumpet And Strings, MWV IV,13: III. [Allegro]

10. Concerto In E-Flat Major For Trumpet And Orchestra, H.VIIe: 1: I. Allegro

11. Concerto In E-Flat Major For Trumpet And Orchestra, H.VIIe: 1: II. Andante

12. Concerto In E-Flat Major For Trumpet And Orchestra, H.VIIe: 1: III. Allegro

13. Concerto In E-Flat Major For Trumpet And Orchestra: I. Allegro Con Spirito

14. Concerto In E-Flat Major For Trumpet And Orchestra: II. Andante

15. Concerto In E-Flat Major For Trumpet And Orchestra: III. Rondo. Allegro Molto


Track List: Mr. Jelly Lord - Standard Time Vol. 6

1. Red Hot Pepper

2. New Orleans Bump

3. King Porter Stomp

4. The Pearls

5. Deep Creek

6. Mamanita

7. Sidewalk Blues

8. Jungle Blues

9. Big Lip Blues

10. Dead Man Blues

11. Smokehouse Blues

12. Billy Goat Stomp

13. Courthouse Bump

14. Black Bottom Stomp

15. Tom Cat Blues


Track List: Sweet Release And Ghost Story: Two More Ballets By Wynton Marsalis

1. Sweet Release: Home: Beyond This Rage

2. Sweet Release: Church: Renewing Vows

3. Sweet Release: Church Basement: Party

4. Sweet Release: Street: Make Room For Me

5. Sweet Release: Home: Give Me Your Hand

6. Ghost Story: Introduction

7. Ghost Story: Acknowledgment

8. Ghost Story: Tango

9. Ghost Story: First Blues

10. Ghost Story: Awakening

11. Ghost Story: Celebration

12. Ghost Story: Second Blues

13. Ghost Story: Recognition And Reconciliation


Track List: Big Train

1. All Aboard

2. Observation Car

3. Union Pacific Big Boy

4. Smokestack Shuffle

5. Northbound-Southbound

6. Dining Car

7. Night Train

8. Engine

9. Bullet Train

10. Sleeper Car

11. Station Call

12. The Caboose


Track List: Marsalis Plays Monk - Standard Time Vol. 4

1. Thelonious

2. Evidence

3. We See

4. Monk's Mood

5. Worry Later

6. Four In One

7. Reflections

8. In Walked Monk

9. Hackensack

10. Let's Cool One

11. Brilliant Corners

12. Brake's Sake

13. Ugly Beauty

14. Green Chimneys


Track List: The Marciac Suite

1. Loose Duck

2. the Big Top

3. Jean-Louis is Everywhere

4. Mademoiselle O'Gascony

5. Armagnac Dreams

6. Marciac Fun

7. for My Kids at the College of Marciac

8. Marciac Moon

9. D'Artagnan

10. Guy Lafitte

11. B is for Boussaget (and Bess)

12. In the House of Laberriere

13. Sunflowers


Track List: The Midnight Blues: Standard Time Vol. 5

1. The Party's Over

2. You're Blase

3. After You've Gone

4. Glad To Be Unhappy

5. It Never Entered My Mind

6. Baby Won't You Please Come Home

7. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry

8. I Got Lost In Her Arms

9. Ballad Of The Sad Young Men

10. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year

11. My Man's Gone Now

12. The Midnight Blues


Track List: Jump Start And Jazz

1. Jazz: 6 1/2 Syncopated Movements: Jubilo (The Scent Of Democracy)

2. Jazz: 6 1/2 Syncopated Movements: Tick-Tock (Nightfalls On Toyland)

3. Jazz: 6 1/2 Syncopated Movements: Trail Of Tears (Across Death Ground)

4. Jazz: 6 1/2 Syncopated Movements: Express Crossing (Astride Iron Horses)

5. Jazz: 6 1/2 Syncopated Movements: "D" In The Key Of "F" (Now The Blues)

6. Jazz: 6 1/2 Syncopated Movements: Ragtime

7. Jazz: 6 1/2 Syncopated Movements: Fiddle Bow Real

8. Jump Start - The Mastery Of Melancholy: Boogie Woogie Stomp

9. Jump Start - The Mastery Of Melancholy: The Dance

10. Jump Start - The Mastery Of Melancholy: Slow Drag

11. Jump Start - The Mastery Of Melancholy: Habanera

12. Jump Start - The Mastery Of Melancholy: March

13. Jump Start - The Mastery Of Melancholy: Gagaku

14. Jump Start - The Mastery Of Melancholy: The Spellcaster

15. Jump Start - The Mastery Of Melancholy: Bebop

16. Jump Start - The Mastery Of Melancholy: Root Groove

17. Jump Start - The Mastery Of Melancholy: Jump


Track List: Blood On The Fields

Disc 1

1. Calling The Indians Out

2. Move Over

3. You Don't Hear No Drums

4. The Market Place

5. Soul For Sale

6. Plantation Coffle March

7. Work Song (Blood On The Fields)

Disc 2

1. Lady's Lament

2. Flyng High

3. Oh We Have A Friend In Jesus

4. God Don't Like Ugly

5. Juba And A Brown Squaw

6. Follow The Drinking Gourd

7. My Soul Fell Down

8. Forty Lashes

9. What A Fool I've Been

10. Back To Basics

Disc 3

1. I Hold Out My Hands

2. Look And See

3. The Sun Is Gonna Shine

4. Will The Sun Come Out?

5. The Sun Is Gonna Shine

6. Chant To Call The Indians Out

7. Calling The Indians Out

8. Follow The Drinking Gourd

9. Freedom Is In The Trying

10. Due North


Track List: Jazz At Lincoln Center: They Came To Swing


Track List: Levee Low Moan Soul Gestures In Southern Blue Vol. 3

1. Levee Low Moan

2. Jig's Jig

3. So This Is Jazz, Huh?

4. In The House Of Williams

5. Superb Starling


Track List: Thick In The South - Soul Gestures In Southern Blue Vol. 1

1. Harriet Tubman

2. Elveen

3. Thick In The South

4. So This Is Jazz, Huh?

5. L.C. On The Cut


Track List: Uptown Ruler Soul Gestures In Southern Blue Vol. 2

1. Psalm 26

2. Uptown Ruler

3. The Truth Is Spoken Here

4. The Burglar

5. Prayer

6. Harmonique

7. Down Home With Homey

8. Psalm 26


Track List: Tune In Tomorrow... (Original Soundtrack)

1. Big Trouble In The Easy (Pedro Pops Up)

2. Kings Of The Garden District

3. Crescent City Crawl (On The St. Charles Streetcar Line)

4. Alligator Tail Drag (Mr. Alligator - Why You So Mean?)

5. May Be Fact Or Fiction

6. Social Soft Shoe (Partying At Olga's)

7. Mama Leona (You Know You Not Spanish!)

8. I Can't Get Started

9. The Grand Marshall (Martin's Big Break)

10. The Ways Of Love (Julia & Martin)

11. On The Eve Of Entry

12. Don't Run From Fun (Julia's Decision)

13. Albanians (Why Us?)

14. Sunsettin' On The Bayou (Toonin' Tonight)

15. The Ways Of Love

16. Double Rondo On The River (Pedro's Getaway)


Track List: Standard Time Vol. 2: Intimacy Calling

1. When It's Sleepytime Down South

2. You Don't Know What Love Is

3. Indelible And Nocturnal

4. I'll Remember April

5. Embraceable You

6. Crepuscle With Nellie

7. What Is This Thing Called Love?

8. The End Of A Love Affair

9. East Of The Sun (West Of The Moon)

10. Lover

11. Yesterdays

12. Bourbon Street Parade


Track List: Standard Time, Vol. 3 - The Resolution Of Romance

1. In the Court Of King Oliver

2. Never Let Me Go

3. Street Of Dreams

4. Where Or When

5. Bona And Paul

6. The Seductress

7. A Sleepin' Bee

8. Big Butter And Egg Man

9. The Very Thought Of You

10. I Cover The Waterfront

11. How Are Things In Glocca Morra-

12. My Romance

13. Everything Happens To Me

14. Flamingo

15. You're My Everything

16. Skylark

17. It's Easy to Remember

18. Taking A Chance On Love

19. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues

20. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning

21. It's Too Late Now


Track List: The Wynton Marsalis Quartet Live At Blues Alley

Disc 1

1. Knozz-Moe-King (Live At Blues Alley)

2. Just Friends (Live At Blues Alley)

3. Knozz-Moe-King (Interlude) (Live At Blues Alley)

4. Juan (Live At Blues Alley)

5. Cherokee (Live At Blues Alley)

6. Delfeayo's Dilemma (Live At Blues Alley)

7. Chambers Of Tain (Live At Blues Alley)

8. Juan (Edit) (Live At Blues Alley)

Disc 2

1. Au Privave (Live At Blues Alley)

2. Knozz-Moe-King (Interlude 2) (Live At Blues Alley)

3. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans (Live At Blues Alley)

4. Juan (Skip Mustaad) (Live At Blues Alley)

5. Autumn Leaves (Live At Blues Alley)

6. Knozz-Moe-King (Interlude 3) (Live At Blues Alley)

7. Skain's Doamin (Live At Blues Alley)

8. Much Later (Live At Blues Alley)


Track List: The Majesty Of The Blues

1. The Majesty Of The Blues (The Puheeman Strut)

2. Hickory Dickory Dock

3. The Death Of Jazz

4. Premature Autopsies (Sermon)

5. Oh, But On The Third Day (Happy Feet Blues)


Track List: Marsalis Standard Time Vol. 1

1. Caravan

2. April In Paris

3. Cherokee

4. Goodbye

5. New Orleans

6. Soon All Will Know

7. Foggy Day

8. The Song Is You

9. Memories Of You

10. In The Afterglow

11. Autumn Leaves

12. Cherokee


Track List: J Mood

1. J Mood

2. Presence That Lament Brings

3. Insane Asylum

4. Skain's Domain

5. Melodique

6. After

7. Much Later


Track List: Black Codes (From The Underground)

1. Black Codes

2. For Wee Folks

3. Delfeayo's Dilemma

4. Phryzzinian Man

5. Auraloasis

6. Chambers Of Tain

7. Blues


Track List: Hot House Flowers

1. Stardust

2. Lazy Afternoon

3. For All We Know

4. When You Wish Upon A Star

5. Django

6. Melancholia

7. Hot House Flowers

8. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)


Track List: Think Of One

1. Knozz Moe-King

2. Fuchia

3. My Ideal

4. What Is Happening Here (now)?

5. Think Of One

6. The Bell Ringer

7. Later

8. Melancholia


Track List: Wynton Marsalis

1. Father Time

2. I'll Be There When The Time Is Right

3. R.J.

4. Hesitation

5. Sister Cheryl

6. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

7. Twilight


Track List: All American Hero '80

1. One By One

2. My Funny Valentine

3. Round 'Bout Midnight

4. ETA

5. Time Will Tell

6. Blakey's Theme


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( Maynard ferguson is better ) Wynton, fwhat's up with your mouth piece?????
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I don't smoke or drink, but this man's music makes you want to totally relax and enjoy.
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He's so good
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So do I . . .
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Wish I knew the lyrics
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the best anytime.....
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Great Talent !!!!
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Top notch!
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Wynton Marsalis possesses great conviction and articulation on the trumpet as well as commands admirable erudition about the history and significance of jazz
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Mindy and I love Wynton Marsalis.
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A beautiful way to start my Thursday Morning
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A true American Icon. I'm very happy to have been exposed to the music on Wynton Marsalis.
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Masterful!!! !
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Anybody else really like "When it's Sleepytime Down South"?
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I don't remember anything overshadowin g Miles's 1960s quintet. I do remember hearing that Clifford Brown had been reincarnated when Wynton Marsalis came on the scene.
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Whole family of awesome artists.Elli s Marsalis is a master.
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yes, mdlevine42.
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Wynton Marsalis is Great
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I think his classical may be better. Who cares. We're lucky to have him. Thank you.
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I rediscovered the Horn...Brass . . w i t h Chris Botti...Wynt o n Marsalis..Ri c k Braun...the list goes on and on...Thank you..Johnny. . . f o r Turning my back on to Pandora....m y brother in music...
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I have a bone to pick with Scott Yanow. In the bio he says, 70s fusion was barren. The 70s might not have produced any ground-shaki n g horn men, but Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Zappa (to name only a few), are significant in the annals of fusion history. To say it was a barren time seems to lack insight into the zeitgeist of the times. My apologies to Mr. Marsalis.
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wow never been to the Big Easy but you make me feel I AM THERE sitting watching you play & seeing the sights !
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Such a prominent heavily inspiring voice. Definitely a master at expressing himself and conveying emotion
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I love this type of music. It makes me want to go back and actually meet the wonderful musician(s) who performed it. So mellow
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Very Cool! Mellow!
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Three months after Katrina hit New Orleans I had the honor of attending the annual Jazz Mass celebration at an old Catholic church in the city (cant recall the name now). Wynton was not present but Ellis, the patriarch, Branford, several other siblings and friends of this amazing musical family were there, it was an emotional day and and an unforgettabl e experience.
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...... Wow
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So young, but he sounds like he's been around for eons. Vintage.
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One of our modern masters. First saw him with Art Blakey when him and Brandford were just starting out. They were already in-demand and monsters even then. He has developed into such an outstanding player.
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Very nice!
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Heaven sent! Keep on doing it
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I don't know if there's anyone else to safely qualify for the master this man is! Genius, the way his mind wraps around each note and delivers an interpretati o n like no other! I remember his very short stay as leader of the Tonight Show band. His dreams were far bigger than that and he soon left, further making his mark on the industry and in the lives of so many youths and the general public at large, through his philanthropi c efforts! What a great and brilliant man, an example for us all.
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i saw him perform in memphisand was blown away
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wynton is amusic gen
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I've seen him perform live twice. Great musician! Many years later, I still remember him playing the New Orleans Function. Also, a blistering version of Cherokee.
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I enjoyed his live on FB session once and it became my total cloud of peace as I floated above each expression called simply in my world...LOVE . . .
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jrw2july, right on! I also like Wynton's version of Sister Cheryl! Man, he uses some creative melody and rhythm in a key on the trumpet that is not easy to solo in. I believe it is the key of C#(B Concert). Saw him perform last year in Chicago at Symphony Center with his large group. Wow, what a life changing experience. He comes to Chicago often. I own Hot House Flowers, I'll have to listen to it again. Haven't listened to it in about 10 years.
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Hot House Flowers is still my favorite of all his albums, but what sold me on the upside of his talents during the 80's was his two songs on his first album: his version of Sister Cheryl, and the last song on side 1 called I'll Be There (When the Time Is Right).
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He is sooo amazazaing!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Life is better with this MAN !!
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Love his classical side as well!
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Just had dinner with him last night. He's an awesome guy. And the show afterwards was PHENOMENAL. Great time.
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the technique... t h e sound...the soul...pure heaven
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I especially enjoyed the CD with the entire Marsalis clan performing in celebration of Ellis Marsalis's retirement as a music educator. Some marvelous performances there including the duet: Cain and Abel featuring Wynton and Branford.
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How do you have review of a Wynton's work and not mention In This House, On This Morning A Master Piece!!
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