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Magic Hour (2004)

Artist: Wynton Marsalis
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Format: CD
Sku: 60627408
UPC: 724359171722
UPC 14: 00724359171722
Release Date: 3/9/2004
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Feeling Of Jazz, The - (featuring Dianne Reeves) ~ Wynton Marsalis Quartet
2. You & Me ~ Wynton Marsalis Quartet
3. Free To Be ~ Wynton Marsalis Quartet
4. Baby, I Love You - (featuring Bobby McFerrin) ~ Wynton Marsalis Quartet
5. Big Fat Hen ~ Wynton Marsalis Quartet
6. Skipping ~ Wynton Marsalis Quartet
7. Sophie Rose-Rosalee ~ Wynton Marsalis Quartet
8. Magic Hour, The ~ Wynton Marsalis Quartet

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote The Wynton Marsalis Quartet: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Eric Lewis (piano); Carlos Henriquez (bass); Ali Jackson (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel includes: Diane Reeves, Bobby McFerrin (vocals).
Muze PNote Recorded at Right Trax Studios, New York, New York on June 6 & 7, 2003. Includes liner notes by Stanley Crouch.
Muze PNote Personnel: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Dianne Reeves, Bobby McFerrin (vocals); Eric Lewis (piano); Ali Muhammed Jackson (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Patrick Smith .
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Stanley Crouch.
Muze PNote Recording information: Right Track Studios, New York, NY (06/06/2003/06/07/2003).
Muze PNote Illustrator: Rachel Salomon.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Delfeayo Marsalis

Engineer: Patrick Smith

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Dianne Reeves
Muze Guest Artist Bobby McFerrin
Muze Guest Artist Eric Lewis
Muze Guest Artist Ali Muhammed Jackson

Compilation Appearances

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Original Soundtrack
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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/09/2004
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2004
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 91717
Music Label Name Label : Blue Note (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724359171722

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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Marsalis,Wynton
Product attributeLabel:   Blue Note
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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