The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis

The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis

by Wynton Marsalis


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The Spiritual Side of Wynton Marsalis

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888837854221
catalogNumber: 378542

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   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
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Steven Epstein   Producer
Simeon Marsalis   Liner Notes

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