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Jump Start and Jazz
     

Jump Start and Jazz

by Wynton Marsalis
 
These ballets, each lasting a few minutes over half an hour, are mostly written-out compositions with jazz rhythm sections and jazz inflections from the players. As in much of Marsalis' writing in the '90s, he reaches back to several pre-bop classic jazz styles to form a synthesis of his own, with the wailing mark of

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These ballets, each lasting a few minutes over half an hour, are mostly written-out compositions with jazz rhythm sections and jazz inflections from the players. As in much of Marsalis' writing in the '90s, he reaches back to several pre-bop classic jazz styles to form a synthesis of his own, with the wailing mark of Ellington ever-present in the voicings and harmonies. Jazz: 6 1/2 Syncopated Movements is a tightly arranged series of episodes that stalk across the jazz landscape from ragtime to dissonance, sometimes so tightly that it begins to resemble cartoon music. One of the more striking sections is "Trail of Tears," which has subtly smeared harmonies and horse-laughing from the muted brasses, and "Express Crossing" is right in the mold of Ellington's "Daybreak Express," with a nice breakneck muted solo for Marsalis. Though burdened with a typically pompous title, Jump Start -- The Mastery of Melancholy is actually the less pretentious ballet of the two, a suite of ten brief, disconnected big-band pieces in different idioms where the jazz elements come through with more freedom for the rhythm section and the soloists. This work hits its stride only toward the close with "Bebop" for small group (where Marsalis burns as he did in his extreme youth) and Harry "Sweets" Edison's delicious cameo on "Jump." Heavily staffed by members of Marsalis' late septet, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra plays both works in precise, crisp fashion, with Marsalis conducting Jump Start and playing lead and section trumpet in both ballets.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/02/1997
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646299821
catalogNumber:
62998

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Performance Credits

Wynton Marsalis   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Conductor
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Kent Jordan   Flute,Piccolo
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra   Track Performer
Eric Reed   Piano
Herlin Riley   Percussion,Drums
Reginald Veal   Upright Bass
Wessell Anderson   Alto Saxophone,Sax (Sopranino)
Victor Goines   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon   Trombone
Branford Marsalis   Soprano Saxophone
Robert Sadin   Conductor
Ron Westray   Trombone
Todd Williams   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Ben Wolfe   Bass
Marcus Printup   Trumpet
Ted Nash   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Wynton Marsalis   Composer
Delfeayo Marsalis   Producer
Rob Paustian   Engineer
Patrick Smith   Engineer
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Josephine DiDonato   Art Direction
Genevieve Haines   translation
Eva Reisinger   translation

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