The Majesty of the Blues

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The Majesty of the Blues
Wynton Marsalis The Majesty Of The Blues CD Front Cover.jpg
Studio album by Wynton Marsalis
Released 1989
Recorded 27 October & 28 October 1988
Studio RCA Studio A
Genre Jazz
Length 59:57
Label Columbia
Producer Steve Epstein
Executive producer: George Butler
Wynton Marsalis chronology
Baroque Music for Trumpets
The Majesty of the Blues
Copland/Vaughan Williams/Hindemith
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]

The Majesty of the Blues is a 1989 jazz album by Wynton Marsalis.


The first two selections on the album are played by the Wynton Marsalis Sextet, and the remaining three tracks (side B on the original LP release), a set entitled "New Orleans Function", features the sextet along with additional New Orleans musicians in a style strongly influenced by the traditional New Orleans brass band.

This section mirrors a traditional "jazz funeral", with a dirge-like first selection ("The Death of Jazz"), then a spoken word section ("Premature Autopsies", an essay by Stanley Crouch performed by Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr.), preached like a minister saying the final words at the graveyard, and finally a second line number ("Oh, But On The Third Day - Happy Feet Blues").

The Majesty of the Blues was originally released in the LP, Compact Disc, and Cassette tape formats.

Track Listing[edit]

All songs written by Wynton Marsalis, except for the sermon, written by Stanley Crouch.

Side A (The Wynton Marsalis Sextet)
No. Title Length
1. "The Majesty of the Blues (The Puheeman Strut)"   15:06
2. "Hickory Dickory Dock"   9:06
Side B (The New Orleans Function)
No. Title Length
3. "The Death of Jazz"   12:39
4. "Premature Autopsies (Sermon)" (Sermon performed by Reverend Jeremiah Wright, Jr.) 16:22
5. "Oh, But on the Third Day (Happy Feet Blues)"   6:44


The Wynton Marsalis Sextet[edit]

The New Orleans Function[edit]

Composed of the Wynton Marsalis Sextet and the following:

Technical Personnel[edit]

  • Produced by Steve Epstein.
  • Executive Production by George Butler.
  • Engineered by Tim Geelan, assisted by Dennis Ferrante.


  1. ^ Rolling Stone review
  2. ^ Allmusic review

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