Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. I

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Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1
Marsalis Standard Time Vol I album cover.jpg
Studio album by Wynton Marsalis
Released July 7, 1987
Recorded May 29–30, 1986 and September 24–25, 1986
Studio RCA Studio A, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 62:45
Label CBS/Columbia
FC 40461
Producer Steven Epstein
Wynton Marsalis chronology
J Mood
Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1
Live at Blues Alley
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Los Angeles Times 4/5 stars [2]
Penguin Guide to Jazz 3.5/5 stars [3]

Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1 is an album by Wynton Marsalis, released in 1987.


The album reached peak positions of number 153 on the Billboard 200 and number 2 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart.[4] Allmusic's Scott Yanow gives the album four stars and states that "Marsalis' tone is quite beautiful on the well-balanced set; even the ballads have their unpredictable moments."[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz rates the album three and a half stars and says of Marsalis' performance, "[The album] was wonderfully judged, a programme of pieces that distanced him from the modernists without ever consigning him to the ranks of the Old Believers. Even after more than a decade, Marsalis Standard Time retains its burnish and class."[3]

In Leonard Feather's four-star review, published in The Los Angeles Times shortly after the album's release, any reservations expressed are confined to the album's liner notes.

Marsalis twists the time around on "April in Paris," tries a little tenderness on "Goodbye," turns bassist Bob Hurst loose on "A Foggy Day" and presents his pianist Marcus Roberts, who senses the beauty of the melody on "Memories of You." Except for two Marsalis originals (a personalized blues and a delicate, muted "In the Afterglow") the trumpeter's mature approach to old pop songs is the focus. Incredibly, the verbose notes by Stanley Crouch manage to plow through some 2,000 words without once mentioning George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Juan Tizol, Ray Noble, Eubie Blake or Hoagy Carmichael. These men merely composed the melodies without which there would have been no standard time.[2]

The album was awarded a Grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group, in 1988.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Caravan" (Tizol) – 8:19
  2. "April in Paris" (Duke, Harburg) - 5:04
  3. "Cherokee" (Noble) - 2:25
  4. "Goodbye" (Jenkins) - 8:17
  5. "New Orleans" (Carmichael) - 5:42
  6. "Soon All Will Know" (Marsalis) - 3:38
  7. "Foggy Day" (Gershwin, Gershwin) - 7:36
  8. "The Song Is You" (Kern, Hammerstein) - 5:13
  9. "Memories of You" (Razaf, Blake) - 4:03
  10. "In the Afterglow" (Marsalis) - 3:35
  11. "Autumn Leaves" (Kozma, Prevert) - 6:27
  12. "Cherokee II" (Noble) - 2:26

All original arrangements by Marsalis except track 11 by Watts and solo piano on track 9 by Roberts.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Album review at Allmusic
  2. ^ a b Feather, Leonard. "Jazz Album Briefs". The Los Angeles Times. September 20, 1987. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  3. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2002). The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (6th Ed.) Penguin Books. ISBN 9780140515213
  4. ^ Billboard chart positions of Wynton Marsalis albums