The Music of America

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The two-disc anthology The Music of America compiles tracks from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' various recordings for Sony/Columbia with a particular focus on his work as a composer. Included are cuts from as far back as 1988's The Majesty of the Blues, all the way through 1992's Citi Movement, 1993's In This House on This Morning, 1997's Pulitzer Prize-winning Blood on the Fields, and 2002's All Rise. While there are some small group septet sessions here, as with the soulful, spiritual-inflected "Sunflowers" off 1999's Marciac Suite, most of the cuts featured are large ensemble pieces written for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra that showcase Marsalis' talent for composing ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
The two-disc anthology The Music of America compiles tracks from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' various recordings for Sony/Columbia with a particular focus on his work as a composer. Included are cuts from as far back as 1988's The Majesty of the Blues, all the way through 1992's Citi Movement, 1993's In This House on This Morning, 1997's Pulitzer Prize-winning Blood on the Fields, and 2002's All Rise. While there are some small group septet sessions here, as with the soulful, spiritual-inflected "Sunflowers" off 1999's Marciac Suite, most of the cuts featured are large ensemble pieces written for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra that showcase Marsalis' talent for composing and arranging layered, bluesy, and swinging material. An oft-touted trumpet virtuoso (a talent on display throughout these recordings), Marsalis is an equally gifted composer who mixes straight-ahead jazz, New Orleans jazz, classical music, African-American church music, and even Latin and European traditions into his work. This urbane and worldly approach, born out of his Southern upbringing and a history student's keen eye for cultural connectivism, as well as a reflective interest in such themes as love and loss, the human condition, industrialization, and the uniquely American theme of slavery, makes The Music of America a heady and fruitful listening experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/24/2012
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886979239722
  • Catalog Number: 792397
  • Sales rank: 59,501

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Express Crossing (Astride Iron Horses) (5:12)
  2. 2 "D" in the Key of "F" (Now the Blues) (5:16)
  3. 3 Jump (4:21)
  4. 4 Station Call (2:04)
  5. 5 The Caboose (7:07)
  6. 6 Church: Renewing Vows (7:19)
  7. 7 Go, Possum, Go (1:59)
  8. 8 Jean-Louis is Everywhere (4:55)
  9. 9 For My Kids At the Collège of Marciac (4:03)
  10. 10 Sunflowers (10:00)
  11. 11 Hellbound Highball - Orion String Quartet (8:22)
  12. 12 The Fiddler's March - Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (3:20)
  13. 13 Movement 1: Jubal Step - The Northridge Singers of California State Univers (11:21)
  14. 14 Movement 12: I Am (Don't You Run From Me) - The Northridge Singers of California State Univers (2:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Majesty of the Blues (the Puheeman Strut) (15:05)
  2. 2 The Dance (3:35)
  3. 3 Move Over (9:08)
  4. 4 Double Rondo On the River (Pedro's Getaway) (9:26)
  5. 5 Spring Yaoundé - Wynton Marsalis Septet (6:01)
  6. 6 Soul For Sale (6:08)
  7. 7 Altar Call (1:32)
  8. 8 In the Sweet Embrace of Life Sermon: Holy Ghost (7:02)
  9. 9 The Death of Jazz (12:42)
  10. 10 Oh, But On the Third Day (Happy Feet Blues) (6:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wynton Marsalis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Conductor, Muted Trumpet
Marion Williams Vocals
Edgar Meyer Bass
Danny Barker Banjo
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet, Soloist
Ted Nash Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Marcus Roberts Piano
Dr. Michael White Clarinet
Cassandra Wilson Vocals
Joe Temperley Baritone Saxophone
Alvin Batiste Clarinet
Kent Jordan Flute, Piccolo
Ryan Kisor Trumpet
Eric Reed Piano
Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor
Herlin Riley Drums, Tambourine
Reginald Veal Bass
Wessell Anderson Alto Saxophone, Sax (Sopranino)
James Carter Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Victor Goines Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, E-flat Clarinet
Wycliffe Gordon Trombone, Tuba
Jon Hendricks Vocals
Roger Ingram Trumpet
Ida Kavafian Violin
Freddie Lonzo Trombone
Mark O'Connor Mandolin, Violin
Teddy Riley Trumpet
Marthaniel Roberts Piano
Robert Sadin Conductor
Mark Schatz Banjo, Bass
Robert Stewart Tenor Saxophone
Ron Westray Trombone
Rodney Whitaker Bass
Todd Williams Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ben Wolfe Bass
Marcus Printup Trumpet
Russell Gunn Trumpet
Herbert Harris Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Goodman Trombone
David Shifrin Clarinet
Milan Turkovic Bassoon
Stefon Harris Percussion
Eric Lewis Piano
Gideon Feldstein Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Daniel Phillips Violin
Doug Wamble Banjo, Guitar
Farid Barron Piano
Todd Phillips Violin
Timothy Eddy Cello
David Taylor Trombone
Steve Tenenbom Viola
Roland Guerrero Percussion
Michael Ward Violin
Technical Credits
Stanley Crouch Composer
Wynton Marsalis Composer
Delfeayo Marsalis Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
Greg Thomas Liner Notes
Laura Kszan Product Development
Scott Farthing Marketing
Tammy Van Aken Package Manager
Steven Epstein Producer
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
Steve Epstein Producer
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