Amongst the People: Live at the House of Tribes

Amongst the People: Live at the House of Tribes

by Wynton Marsalis
     
 
Some would say that the best way to experience the true artistry of trumpet sensation Wynton Marsalis is to hear him live. The next-best thing is, of course, a live recording, and this scintillating document captures the esteemed horn man in just the right setting. Working with a mix of close associates and newer musical acquaintances in the confines of a tiny club,

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Some would say that the best way to experience the true artistry of trumpet sensation Wynton Marsalis is to hear him live. The next-best thing is, of course, a live recording, and this scintillating document captures the esteemed horn man in just the right setting. Working with a mix of close associates and newer musical acquaintances in the confines of a tiny club, cutting loose on standards, Marsalis is in his element for sure. His beautifully assured playing -- whether on ballads like "You Don't Know What Love Is," mid-tempo swingers like "Just Friends," or breakneck boppers like "Donna Lee" -- is stunning in its poise, eloquence, and sheer excitement. This is the unadorned Wynton playing his heart out, unencumbered by fancy arrangements or a larger ensemble. His compatriots rise to the occasion as well: alto saxophonist Wess Anderson is typically spirited, and pianist Eric Lewis impresses as well. Superb rhythmic support by bassist Kengo Nakamura and drummer Joe Farnsworth rounds out a live set that can compare with classics from the '50s. A very encouraging audience adds to the convivial atmosphere. Recommended for anyone still unconvinced of Marsalis' prowess as an instrumentalist.

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Live at the House of Tribes documents trumpeter Wynton Marsalis performing with his sextet at the intimate community theater space in New York City on December 15, 2002. Apparently an annual ritual of sorts for Marsalis, the performance makes for one of his best live recordings since 1986's stellar Live at Blues Alley. Backed by a slightly altered lineup from his 2005 Blue Note studio debut, The Magic Hour, Marsalis gains first-class support from alto saxophonist Wessel Anderson, pianist Eric Lewis, drummer Joe Farnsworth, bassist Kengo Nakamura, and percussionist Orlando Q. Rodriguez. Special mention must be made of Robert Rucker for his highly energetic tambourine performance on the New Orleans "2nd Line" finale. New Orleans jazz aficionados may recognize this tune as "Joe Avery's Blues" and based on the cheering, clapping, and general rowdiness of the crowd, it probably found the band marching around the room. In fact, one of the great things about the album is that you can really hear the crowd. There are many moments of the band playing a particularly nice phrase or line and somebody grunting out a surprised and pleased "hmmm." Marsalis seems to really feed off this interplay and his playing, never less than technically superb, sounds inspired. To these ends, Marsalis takes swinging blues and angular post-bop harmonicism to ever-increasing absurdist heights on "Green Chimneys." Similarly, he brings a mix of Clifford Brown and Clark Terry to "Donna Lee" and waxes romantic with devastating melodicism on "You Don't Know What Love Is." Loose, swinging, funky, and spirited, Live at the House of Tribes is an absolute joy.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2005
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724347713224
catalogNumber:
77132
Rank:
46573

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