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Blue Interlude
Wynton Marsalis
Blue Interlude
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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By the time he arrived at the juncture of his career expressed on this disc, Wynton Marsalis had begun to adapt an approach to both composing and bandleading that was spurred by his deep exploration of Duke Ellington's oeu...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Wynton Marsalis
Title: Blue Interlude
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Sony
Original Release Date: 5/19/1992
Release Date: 5/19/1992
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074644872927

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By the time he arrived at the juncture of his career expressed on this disc, Wynton Marsalis had begun to adapt an approach to both composing and bandleading that was spurred by his deep exploration of Duke Ellington's oeuvre. Introduced by Marsalis as his first extended composition, the title suite is the instrumental love saga of two characters, Sugar Cane and Sweetie Pie. The septet ensemble, which includes significant contributions from pianist Marcus Roberts, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and saxophonists Todd Williams and Wessell Anderson, is rounded out by bassist Reginald Veal and drummer Herlin Riley. Further Wyntonian extended composition is found on "The Jubilee Suite." The sense of ensemble is first and foremost; the intricacies and shadings of that band relationship, along with the skillful execution of the soloists, are among the obvious charms of this disc. --Willard Jenkins

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Blue Interlude
WILLIE A YOUNG II | Houston, TX. | 08/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This wondrous masterwork has been a staple in my musical diet for nearly a decade and it continues to astound and delight me with each listen. "Brother Veal", the winning opener is only a prelude to Marsalis' finest composition ever "Blue Interlude" (The Bittersweet Saga Of Sugar Cane And Sweetie Pie), a sprawling 37 minute romp through the backpages of romance, the never ending dance of man & woman and a fine tribute to the towering influence of Duke Ellington. While Ellingtonian moods and voicings are used liberally throughout the title piece, the album as a whole is quite rewarding (note the New Orleans jazz feel of "And The Band Played On") and varied. The "Jubilee Suite" is a mini-epic of sorts and shows Tenor saxophonist Todd Williams to be one of the best soloists in modern jazz. (Note to Mr. Williams: You should be a leader, now!) As Wynton Marsalis' first extended piece on record, "Blue..." stands as a moment of sheer brilliance and exuberant triumph. This is not Marsalis imitating Ellington by any means, simply a young genius expanding the parameters of modern music by painting on a massive canvas laid by a legend. Essential"