The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis

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All Music Guide - Matt Collar
As a New Orleans native, trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis has long incorporated a wide array of spiritual music into his own straight-ahead jazz. Even his earliest recordings, such as Black Codes (From the Underground) and The Majesty of the Blues, evinced the influence of gospel music, religious hymns, and New Orleans funeral processionals. Though raised in the Catholic church, Marsalis' professed take on religion has always been a holistic invocation of God, a sense of spirituality that connects all human beings -- at least as far as his music and liner notes have revealed. Inspired by the social activism of Martin Luther King, Jr., and directly influenced by the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
As a New Orleans native, trumpeter/composer Wynton Marsalis has long incorporated a wide array of spiritual music into his own straight-ahead jazz. Even his earliest recordings, such as Black Codes (From the Underground) and The Majesty of the Blues, evinced the influence of gospel music, religious hymns, and New Orleans funeral processionals. Though raised in the Catholic church, Marsalis' professed take on religion has always been a holistic invocation of God, a sense of spirituality that connects all human beings -- at least as far as his music and liner notes have revealed. Inspired by the social activism of Martin Luther King, Jr., and directly influenced by the spiritually and socially conscious jazz of John Coltrane (A Love Supreme) and Duke Ellington (Sacred Concerts), Marsalis began writing his own explicitly spiritual-themed compositions beginning with 1994's In This House, On This Morning. The 2013 compilation The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis brings together tracks off that album, as well as other divinely themed tracks Marsalis recorded during the '90s and 2000s. Formatted to evoke the rhythms and flow of a New Orleans funeral function, the compilation works as a soulful overview of this vital side of Marsalis' career. Included here are both small and large ensemble recordings from such albums as 1997's Pulitzer Prize-winning Blood on the Fields, 1999's Reeltime, 2002's All Rise, and more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2013
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 888837854221
  • Catalog Number: 378542
  • Sales rank: 10,051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Hear a Knockin' (0:51)
  2. 2 All Rise, Pt. 12: I Am (Don't You Run from Me) - The Northridge Singers of California State Univers (2:45)
  3. 3 If I Hold On (1:40)
  4. 4 Processional - Wynton Marsalis Septet (4:34)
  5. 5 Psalm 26 (1:37)
  6. 6 Awakening (2:19)
  7. 7 Hymn (4:12)
  8. 8 Precious Lord, Take My Hand (6:24)
  9. 9 In the Sweet Embrace of Life/Sermon: Holy Ghost (6:58)
  10. 10 Flee as a Bird to the Mountain - Wynton Marsalis Septet (3:14)
  11. 11 Sing On (2:50)
  12. 12 Benediction (3:27)
  13. 13 Oh We Have a Friend in Jesus (1:41)
  14. 14 To Higher Ground (4:47)
  15. 15 Pot Blessed Dinner (2:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Wynton Marsalis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Conductor
Shirley Caesar Vocals
Marion Williams Vocals
Ted Nash Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Marcus Roberts Piano
Paul Smith Choir Director
Cassandra Wilson Vocals
Russell Malone Guitar
Eric Reed Piano
Esa-Pekka Salonen Conductor
Herlin Riley Drums, Tambourine
Reginald Veal Bass, Trombone
Wessell Anderson Alto Saxophone
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Kimati Dinizulu Percussion
Bob Findley Trumpet
Victor Goines Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon Trombone, Tuba
Roger Ingram Trumpet
Delfeayo Marsalis Trombone
Jason Marsalis Drums
Jamil Sharif Trumpet
Don Vappie Banjo
Ron Westray Trombone
Todd Williams Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Marcus Printup Trumpet
Russell Gunn Trumpet
Sherman Irby Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Stefon Harris Percussion, Marimbas, Vibes
Eric Lewis Piano
Stephen Riley Tenor Saxophone
Vincent Gardner Trombone
Gideon Feldstein Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Jaz Sawyer Drums
Byron J. Smith Choir Conductor
Cynthia Hardy Vocals, Soloist
Nathan Carter Choir Director
Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Michael White Clarinet
Carlito Henriquez Bass
Technical Credits
Wynton Marsalis Composer
Delfeayo Marsalis Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey Composer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Traditional Composer
Steve Epstein Producer
Simeon Marsalis Liner Notes
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