Ellis Marsalis: Afternoon Session
The music on the album emphatically is not the kind to be found in Hirt's band book. No disrespect to Hirt, but I suspect the players were eager to get a break from tunes like "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" and "Beale Street Blues". The result is an album of music with a decidedly modern bent showing the influence of the revolutionary style of John Coltrane. John Pierce's alto sax artfully combines Coltrane with Charlie Parker on such tunes as "Embraceable You" and "Broadway". The melody line comes in the first chorus and from then on all bets are off as the chords from these two standards are twisted and tuned in an improvisional frenzy. Chuck Foster on trumpet is a willing partner with Pierce in this undertaking.
The rhythm section takes an active role, al la the John Coltrane Quartet and the Miles Davis small groups. Led by Marsalis, drummer Lee Charlton and bassist Jim Haden, Charlie's older brother, lay out their ideas on virtually all cuts, most persuasively on "No Clues, Minor Blues" where Charlton lets loose with a veritable AK-47 barrage on drums. This is one CD where some may want to take in small doses, but it's worth the time. Recommended.
Track Listing: Impressions; No Clues, Minor Blues; Broadway; Embraceable You (Old Folks); 12's It; Song for Nancy; Joy Spring
Personnel: Ellis Marsalis - Piano; Jim Haden - Bass; Lee Charlton - Drums; John Pierce - Alto Sax; Chuck Foster - Trumpet
Record Label: Music in the Vines