- The Majesty of the Blues
The Majesty of the Blues Studio album by Wynton Marsalis Released 1989 Recorded 27 October & 28 October 1988 Genre Jazz Label Columbia Producer Steve Epstein
Executive producer: George Butler
The Majesty of the Blues is a 1989 jazz album by Wynton Marsalis.
Marsalis wrote all the selections on the album, in addition to playing trumpet.
The first two selections on the album are played by the Wynton Marsalis Sextet, including in addition to Marsalis Marcus Roberts, piano; Todd Williams, tenor and soprano saxophone; Wes Anderson, alto saxophone; Reginald Veal, string bass; and Herlin Riley, drums. These tracks are "The Majesty of the Blues", subtitled "The Puheeman Strut", and "Hickory Dickory Dock".
The remaining three tracks (side B on the original LP release), a set entitled "New Orleans Function", features the sextet along with additional New Orleans musicians in a style strongly influenced by the traditional New Orleans brass band. The additional musicians on the "New Orleans Function" section are Teddy Riley trumpet (mostly playing first trumpet lead, with Marsalis playing second); Freddie Lonzo, trombone; Dr. Michael White, clarinet; and Danny Barker, banjo. This section mirrors a traditional "jazz funeral", with a dirge like first selection ("The Death of Jazz"), then a spoken word section ("Premature Autopsies", an essay by Stanley Crouch performed by Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr.) preached like a minister saying the final words at the graveyard, and finally a second line number ("Oh, But On The Third Day - Happy Feet Blues").
AlbumsWynton Marsalis (1981) · Fathers and Sons (1982) · Trumpet Concertos (1983) · Think of One (1983) · Haydn: Three Favorite Concertos (1984) · Baroque Music for Trumpet (1984) · Hot House Flowers (1984) · Black Codes (From the Underground) (1985) · J Mood (1985) · Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. I (1986) · Live at Blues Alley (1986) · Tomasi: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra (1986) · Carnaval (1987) · The Majesty of the Blues (1989) · Best of Wynton Marsalis (1989) · Copland/Vaughan Williams/Hindemith (1989) · Portrait of Wynton Marsalis (1989) · Crescent City Christmas Card (1989) · Baroque Music for Trumpets (1989) · Standard Time, Vol. 3: The Resolution of Romance (1990) · Thick in the South: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Vol. 1 (1991) · Uptown Ruler: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Vol. 2 (1991) · Levee Low Moan: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Vol. 3 (1991) · Standard Time, Vol. 2: Intimacy Calling (1991) · Baroque Duet (1992) · Citi Movement (Griot New York) (1992) · In This House, On This Morning (1994) · Greatest Hits: Handel (1994) · Why Toes Tap: Marsalis on Rhythm (1995) · Sousa to Satchmo: Marsalis on the Jazz Band (1995) · Joe Cool's Blues (1995) · In Gabriel's Garden (1996) · Liberty! (1997) · Jump Start and Jazz (1997) · Blood on the Fields (1997) · Classic Wynton (1998) · Standard Time, Vol. 5: The Midnight Blues (1998) · Reeltime (1999) · Standard Time, Vol. 6: Mr. Jelly Lord (1999) · Listen to the Storyteller (1999) · Sweet Release and Ghost Story: Two More Ballets by Wynton Marsalis (1999) · Los Elefantes (1999) · Big Train (1999) · Standard Time, Vol. 4: Marsalis Plays Monk (1999) · The London Concert (2000) · The Marciac Suite (2000) · The Magic Hour (2004) · Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson (2004) · Live at the House of Tribes (2005) · From the Plantation to the Penitentiary (2007) · Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Two Men With The Blues (2008) · He and She (2009) · Christmas Jazz Jam (2009) · From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf: Live in Marciac (2010) · Here We Go Again: Celebrating the Genius of Ray Charles (2011) RelatedDiscography
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