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Album Review

Wynton Marsalis, very much in his Miles Davis period, plays quite melodically throughout this ballad-dominated outing with strings. Branford Marsalis (on tenor and soprano), flutist Kent Jordan, pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Jeff Watts are strong assets but it is Wynton's subtle creativity on such songs as "Stardust," "When You Wish Upon a Star," Duke Ellington's "Melancholia," and "I'm Confessin'" that makes this recording special. The arrangements by Robert Freedman generally keep the strings from sounding too sticky and Wynton's tone is consistently beautiful.

Customer Reviews

Interesting Album

Yay 1st review! Okay now that that is done, onto the actual review. Wynton Marsalis has always had a strict line between jazz and classical, until this album. Following the other great "string" cds (clifford brown) he decided to try combining jazz with classical, and it worked! There are some great songs on here with Wynton soloing and the strings going in the background. If you like Wynton, and experimental jazz music or classical music, this cd is for you.

Straight muted

The horn is smooth '50s style; the strings are a bit too '50s. But the horn is there.

1st Listen

Never paid much attn t/Wynton when he hit, so now I'm going back t/his earlier stuff and heard a cut on a Ramsey Lewis show and had t/download a track.


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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