Live at Blues Alley (Wynton Marsalis album)

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Live at Blues Alley
Live album by Wynton Marsalis
Released June 21, 1988 (1988-06-21)
Recorded December 19–20, 1986
Venue Blues Alley, Washington, D.C.
Genre Jazz
Length 107:28
Label Columbia
Producer Steven Epstein, George Butler
Wynton Marsalis chronology
Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. I
(1987)
Live at Blues Alley
(1988)
Baroque Music for Trumpets
(1988)
Blues Alley in Washington, D.C.

Live at Blues Alley is a double live album by the Wynton Marsalis Quartet, recorded at Blues Alley in December 1986 and released through Columbia Records in 1987.[1] The quartet included trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, bassist Robert Hurst, pianist Marcus Roberts and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts. The album was produced by Steven Epstein; George Butler served as executive producer.

In 1988, the album reached a peak position of number two on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart.

Composition[edit]

The double live album Live at Blues Alley by the Wynton Marsalis Quartet was recorded December 19–20, 1986 at Blues Alley in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.[1] Members of the quartet included trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, double bassist Robert Hurst, pianist Marcus Roberts and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts. The album was produced by Steven Epstein; George Butler served as executive producer.

Marsalis's compositions on the album include "Knozz-Moe-King", "Skain's Domain", "Delfeayo's Dilemma", and "Much Later".[1][2] Stanley Crouch wrote the album's liner notes.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

AllMusic's Scott Yanow recommended the album, awarding it 4.5 of 5 stars.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Disc One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Knozz-Moe-King" Wynton Marsalis 6:03
2. "Just Friends" John Klenner, Sam M. Lewis 8:22
3. "Knozz-Moe-King (Interlude)" Marsalis 3:52
4. "Juan" Marcus Roberts, Jeff "Tain" Watts 7:33
5. "Cherokee" Ray Noble 2:50
6. "Delfeayo's Dilemma" Wynton Marsalis 9:20
7. "Chambers of Tain" Kenny Kirkland 15:12
8. "Juan (E Mustaad)" Roberts, Watts 2:56
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Au Privave" Charlie Parker 14:35
10. "Knozz-Moe-King (Interlude)" Marsalis 2:38
11. "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?" Louis Alter, Eddie DeLange 11:30
12. "Juan (Skip Mustaad)" Roberts, Watts 3:15
13. "Autumn Leaves" Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert 9:41
14. "Knozz-Moe-King (Interlude)" Marsalis 3:48
15. "Skain's Domain" Marsalis 9:39
16. "Much Later" Marsalis 6:15


Adapted from AllMusic.[1]

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

In 1988, Live at Blues Alley reached a peak position of number two on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart.[3]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Billboard's Top Jazz Albums 2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Yanow, Scott. "Live at Blues Alley". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Live at Blues Alley". Wynton Marsalis Enterprises. Retrieved December 21, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Live at Blues Alley: Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 20, 2011.