Black Codes (From the Underground)by Wynton Marsalis
Branford Marsalis often talks about the "burnout" tunes that he, his brother and their talented teammates used when swinging full tilt back in the mid-'80s. The near manic "Chambers of Tain," the capper to Wynton's highly influential BLACK CODES, is one of those pieces. Boiling over with the ultra precise splashes and kicks of drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, it's a great example of the young trumpeter's regard for grace and ardor. Touting jazz as America's most intricate and elevated musical art, and backing up his bravura with impressive musical maneuvers, Marsalis spent the '80s on the front lines, demanding an increased respect for the style. The jury was out for a while on this elegant renegade, but when listeners heard pieces like "Phryzzinian Man" and the low-down bass/trumpet duet tucked away at the end of BLACK CODES, it was obvious that Marsalis was on his way to reinvigorating mainstream jazz with suits and chops.
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