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The Essential Wynton Marsalis

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Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was the first musician to win a GRAMMY® in both the jazz and classical categories, initially in 1983 and again in 1984. So it’s appropriate that The Essential Wynton Marsalis would represent his recordings for both the Sony Classical and Columbia Jazz labels. The majority of the content is on the classical side, spanning from that award-winning Hayden Trumpet Concerto in E Flat Major from 1983 to the third movement of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto, which he recorded in 1995. Marsalis’ disciplined mastery of tone perfectly suits the Baroque era, though he’s equally at home with contemporary works such as Henri Tomasi’s Triptyque for trumpet and piano (with Judith Lynn Stillman) from 1957. Five jazz recordings close the collection, including a brief yet incendiary live version of the standard “Cherokee” by his “classic” quartet with pianist Marcus Roberts, bassist Robert Hurst, and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts.

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Jazz music, classical music, or both?

Wynton Marsalis is excellent! :) This album even teaches me some famous composers I'd never heard of. I purchased his entire album.


Born: October 18, 1961 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The most famous jazz musician since 1980, Wynton Marsalis had a major impact on jazz almost from the start. In the early '80s, it was major news that a young and very talented black musician would choose to make a living playing acoustic jazz rather than fusion, funk, or R&B. Marsalis' arrival on the scene started the "Young Lions" movement and resulted in major labels (most of whom had shown no interest in jazz during the previous decade) suddenly signing and promoting young players. There had been...
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