The Majesty of the Blues
|The Majesty of the Blues|
|Studio album by Wynton Marsalis|
|Recorded||27 October & 28 October 1988|
|Studio||RCA Studio A|
Executive producer: George Butler
|Wynton Marsalis chronology|
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").
All songs written by Wynton Marsalis, except for the sermon, written by Stanley Crouch.
|Side A (The Wynton Marsalis Sextet)|
|1.||"The Majesty of the Blues (The Puheeman Strut)"||15:06|
|2.||"Hickory Dickory Dock"||9:06|
|Side B (The New Orleans Function)|
|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
- Wynton Marsalis - Trumpet
- Marcus Roberts - Piano
- Todd Williams - Tenor and soprano saxophone
- Wessell Anderson - Alto saxophone
- Reginald Veal - String bass
- Herlin Riley - Drums
The New Orleans Function
Composed of the Wynton Marsalis Sextet and the following:
- Teddy Riley - First Trumpet
- Wynton Marsalis - Second Trumpet & Plunger Mute
- Freddie Lonzo - Trombone
- Dr. Michael White - Clarinet
- Danny Barker - Banjo
- Produced by Steve Epstein.
- Executive Production by George Butler.
- Engineered by Tim Geelan, assisted by Dennis Ferrante.