Delfeayo Marsalis: Minions Dominion (2006)
Not surprisingly, Marsalis has a distinctly mainstream sensibility and he writes tunes, like the haunting ballad "If You Only Knew and the energetic "Brer Rabbit, that sound like time-honored standards. With Jones on hand, a Coltrane theme could be expected, and two compositions"Lone Warrior, written in the drummer's honor, and the exploratory "Lost in the Crescent directly invoke the spirit of Jones' work with the classic Coltrane quartet, with impressive saxophone contributions from Donald Harrison (on the former) and Branford Marsalis (on the latter). Brother Branford is also heard to great effect on the title tune and on a playful romp through Duke Ellington's "Just Squeeze Me.
Delfeayo Marsalis offers passionate, well-crafted solos throughout the album that place him in the upper tier of trombonists working today. The rest of the ensemble includes pianist Mulgrew Miller and first-call bassists Robert Hurst III and Eric Revis. Jones, heard here at the age of 75, just two years before his death, is still a force on the drums, showcasing his ability to play in straight-ahead settings as well as the more adventurous ones in which he made his reputation.
Track Listing: Brer Rabbit, Lone Warrior, If You Only Knew, Minions Dominion, Just Squeeze Me, Weaver of Dreams, Lost in the Crescent.
Personnel: Delfeayo Marsalis: trombone; Branford Marsalis: tenor sax; Donald Harrison: alto sax; Mulgrew Miller: piano; Robert Hurst II: bass; Eric Revis: bass; Elvin Jones: drums.
Record Label: Troubadour Jass