The Majesty of the Blues

The Majesty of the Blues

by Wynton Marsalis


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The Majesty of the Blues

Two lengthy originals, "The Majesty of the Blues" and "Hickory Dickory Dock," find Wynton Marsalis displaying his rapidly developing writing skills, which were being prodded at the time by Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus. His sextet with pianist Marcus Roberts, tenorman Todd Williams, and altoist Wes Anderson is in outstanding form on these performances. With the three-part "New Orleans Function," Marsalis returned to his New Orleans heritage by welcoming the erratic clarinetist Dr. Michael White, veteran banjoist Danny Barker, trombonist Freddie Lonzo, and trumpeter Teddy Riley as guests. The 16-minute"Sermon" was written by Stanley Crouch and narrated by Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr. The closing Dixieland blues is led by Teddy Riley (while Marsalis plays second trumpet).

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/1989
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644509120
catalogNumber: 45091

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wynton Marsalis   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Plunger Mute
Danny Barker   Banjo
Marcus Roberts   Piano
Michael White   Clarinet
Herlin Riley   Drums
Reginald Veal   Bass
Wessell Anderson   Alto Saxophone
Freddie Lonzo   Trombone
Teddy Riley   Trumpet
Todd Williams   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dr. Jeremiah Wright   Narrator
Todd Sebastian Williams   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Butler   Executive Producer
Stanley Crouch   Liner Notes
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Wynton Marsalis   Contributor
Josephine DiDonato   Art Direction
Henri Matisse   Artwork
Steven Epstein   Producer

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