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
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1987 (1987-09-08)
RecordedMay 29–30, 1986 and September 24–25, 1986
StudioRCA Studio A, New York City
GenreJazz
Length62:45
LabelColumbia
ProducerSteven Epstein
Wynton Marsalis chronology
Carnaval
(1987)
Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1
(1987)
Live at Blues Alley
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars [1]
Los Angeles Times4/5 stars [2]
Penguin Guide to Jazz3.5/5 stars [3]

Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1 is an album by jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis that was released in 1987. It won the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Group in 1988.

Reception[edit]

The album reached peak positions of number 153 on the Billboard 200 and number 2 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart.[4] Scott Yanow at AllMusic gave the album four stars and said, "Marsalis' tone is quite beautiful on the well-balanced set; even the ballads have their unpredictable moments."[1] The Penguin Guide to Jazz gave the album three and a half stars and said, "[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]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Caravan"Juan Tizol8:19
2."April in Paris"Vernon Duke, Yip Harburg5:04
3."Cherokee"Ray Noble2:25
4."Goodbye"Gordon Jenkins8:17
5."New Orleans"Hoagy Carmichael5:42
6."Soon All Will Know"Wynton Marsalis3:38
7."Foggy Day"George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin7:36
8."The Song Is You"Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II5:13
9."Memories of You"Andy Razaf, Eubie Blake4:03
10."In the Afterglow"Wynton Marsalis3:35
11."Autumn Leaves"Joseph Kosma, Jacques Prévert6:27
12."Cherokee II"Ray Noble2:26

Personnel[edit]

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References[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