Higher Ground Hurricane Benefit Relief Concert

Higher Ground Hurricane Benefit Relief Concert

by Wynton Marsalis
     
 

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall at New Orleans on August 29, 2005, and the levees failed, devastating the city, the world's complete attention was suddenly focused in on the cradle of jazz, and several benefit relief concerts were quickly organized, including the concert that is presented here, held September 17, 2005, at P. Rose Hall in New York City. The album… See more details below

Overview

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall at New Orleans on August 29, 2005, and the levees failed, devastating the city, the world's complete attention was suddenly focused in on the cradle of jazz, and several benefit relief concerts were quickly organized, including the concert that is presented here, held September 17, 2005, at P. Rose Hall in New York City. The album itself is an elegant and measured affair, opening with a burst of energetic gospel from Shirley Caesar and Eric Reed, who deliver a stirring version of "This Joy," followed by trumpeter Terence Blanchard's stately, beautiful, and meditative "Over There." Other highlights include the Marcus Roberts Trio's take on Jelly Roll Morton's "New Orleans Blues," which is really a rather joyous rendition; Buckwheat Zydeco's stomping "I'm Gonna Love You Anyway"; and Norah Jones' stunning version of Randy Newman's brilliant and poignant "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," with its powerful and repeated refrain of "Human kindness is overflowing/I think it's going to rain today." In the wake of the tragedy many wondered what might become of New Orleans' unique culture and music, and this concert gives listeners a clue. It will not only survive, it will circle back on itself and draw strength and vitality from its storied past. The smooth sophistication of jazz might at times make it appear fragile, but it is anything but, and has always fed on the wild and unpredictable elements of its improvisational DNA. It will take a lot more than a storm surge to wash it away.

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Editorial Reviews

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Terry Perkins
[Grade: A-] The music flows in some odd but interesting directions at times.... The top honors here go to Marsalis, Mayfield and his fellow jazzers.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/2005
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0094634523820
catalogNumber:
45238

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Tracks

  1. This Joy  - Eric Reed
  2. Over There  - Terence Blanchard
  3. Go to the Mardi Gras  - Art Neville
  4. Basin Street Blues  - Diana Krall
  5. Never Die Young  - James Taylor
  6. The House I Live in  - Dianne Reeves
  7. New Orleans Blues  - Marcus Roberts
  8. I Think It's Going to Rain Today  - Norah Jones
  9. Dippermouth Blues  -  Hot Seven
  10. I'm Gonna Love You Anyway  - Buckwheat Zydeco
  11. Is That All There Is?  -  Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
  12. Just a Closer Walk with Thee  - Irvin Mayfield
  13. Here's to Life  -  Jordan Family
  14. Blackwell's Message  - Joe Lovano
  15. Come Sunday  - Mark O'Connor

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wynton Marsalis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Shirley Caesar   Vocals
Aaron Neville   Vocals
Art Neville   Organ,Vocals
Ted Nash   Reeds
Marcus Roberts   Piano
Cassandra Wilson   Vocals
Joe Temperley   Reeds
Kent Jordan   Flute
Ryan Kisor   Trumpet
Eric Reed   Piano
Bernard Sterling   Background Vocals
Herlin Riley   Drums
Reginald Veal   Bass
Wessell Anderson   Alto Saxophone
Terence Blanchard   Trumpet
Cyrus Chestnut   Piano
Don Sebesky   Conductor
Victor Goines   Clarinet,Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon   Trombone
Andre Hayward   Trombone
Idris Muhammad   Drums
Marion Jordan   Trumpet
Jason Marsalis   Drums
Michael E. Mathis   Organ
Mark O'Connor   Violin
Dianne Reeves   Vocals
Allen Toussaint   Piano
Don Vappie   Banjo
Rev. Curtis Watson   Trumpet
Diana Krall   Vocals
Marcus Printup   Trumpet
Walter Blanding   Reeds
Sherman Irby   Reeds
Jimmy Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bette Sussman   Piano
Paul "Lil' Buck" Sinegal   Guitar
Gerard St. Julien   Drums
Brice Winston   Tenor Saxophone
Carlos Henríquez   Bass
Vincent Gardner   Trombone
Gene Conyers   Background Vocals
Irvin Mayfield   Trumpet
Rachel Jordan   Violin
Ronald Markham   Piano
Derrick Hodge   Bass
Peter Martin   Piano
Sean Jones   Trumpet
Norah Jones   Piano,Vocals
Ali Muhammed Jackson   Drums
Aaron Parks   Piano
Lionel Loueke   Guitar
Rodney Jordan   Bass
Donald Gore   Background Vocals
Kendrick Scott   Drums
Aaron Mecals   Drums
Olivier Scoazec   Guitar

Technical Credits

Randy Newman   Composer
Joe Lovano   Composer
Jelly Roll Morton   Composer
Earl Robinson   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Wynton Marsalis   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Kurt Lundvall   Mastering
Henry Roeland Byrd   Composer
A. Butler   Composer
Rob Macomber   Engineer
Derrick Hodge   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lewis Allan   Composer
David Robinson   Engineer
John Mark Harris   Engineer
T.J. Fox   Composer
André Kimo Stone Guess   Producer
Joseph Oliver   Composer
LeRoy Neiman   Illustrations

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