Magic Hour CD (2004)

Artist: Wynton Marsalis

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Label Blue Note
SKU 60627408
UPC 724359171722
UPC 14 00724359171722
Format CD
Release Date 3/9/2004
Author Wynton Marsalis
Associated Artist/Work Blakey, Art
Associated Artist/Work Clapton, Eric
Associated Artist/Work Hampton, Lionel
Associated Artist/Work Hubbard, Freddie
Associated Artist/Work Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestr
Associated Artist/Work Jones, Norah
Associated Artist/Work Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Associated Artist/Work Marsalis, Ellis
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Willie
Associated Artist/Work O'Connor, Mark (Violin)
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pearl, Black Cultured
Associated Artist/Work Roberts, Marcus
Associated Artist/Work Wynton Marsalis Quintet (The)
Technical Info
Engineer Patrick Smith
Producer Delfeayo Marsalis
CatalogID 91717
Lable Name Blue Note (Label)
Released 03/09/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 24s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724359171722
Musical Guests
Dianne Reeves
Bobby McFerrin
Eric Lewis
Ali Muhammed Jackson
Album Notes and Credits
The Wynton Marsalis Quartet: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Eric Lewis (piano); Carlos Henriquez (bass); Ali Jackson (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Diane Reeves, Bobby McFerrin (vocals).
Recorded at Right Trax Studios, New York, New York on June 6 & 7, 2003. Includes liner notes by Stanley Crouch.
Personnel: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin (vocals); Eric Lewis (piano); Ali Muhammed Jackson (drums).
Audio Mixer: Patrick Smith .
Liner Note Author: Stanley Crouch.
Recording information: Right Track Studios, New York, NY (06/06/2003/06/07/2003).
Illustrator: Rachel Salomon.
In some ways, THE MAGIC HOUR marks some major changes for Wynton Marsalis; after what must seem like a lifetime on Columbia, it's his first record for Blue Note. He's also working with a group of younger musicians in a new quartet. And after a series of conceptual pieces, classical performances, big-band outings and the like, it's a return to the small-group format. At the same time, listening to Marsalis's precise-but-effortless trumpet elocution and natural swing, it's easy to feel like nothing has changed in the trumpet doyen's musical heart of hearts since his first recordings in the early 1980s.
Things start off with a blues that reaches back to Marsalis's New Orleans roots, with the leader making saucy interjections in and around Dianne Reeves's guest vocal. "You and Me" is a spare piece framed by rhythmic clapping and articulated subtly by pianist Eric Reed. The modified second-line rhythm of "Big Fat Hen" and the swinging shuffle of "Free to Be" place the ball squarely in Marsalis's wheelhouse, with the expected results. The title track that closes the album is a frenetic tour de force, with Marsalis pushing himself to the top of his range, and the band scurrying through the jazz equivalent of "Flight of the Bumblebee." Wynton the swinging trumpet man sounds glad to be back.
Professional Reviews
CMJ (3/08/04, p.17) - "Here's one for the beboppers to really sink their teeth into."
Mojo (Publisher) (4/04, p.113) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[T]here's much of spirit and wit to enjoy."
Disc 1
1 Feeling Of Jazz, The - (featuring Dianne Reeves)
2 You & Me
3 Free To Be
4 Baby, I Love You - (featuring Bobby McFerrin)
5 Big Fat Hen
6 Skipping
7 Sophie Rose-Rosalee
8 Magic Hour, The
Product Attributes
Artist Marsalis,Wynton
Label Blue Note
Music Format Compact Disc

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