On a drum kit, Jason Marsalis often goes several directions (meters, not Meters) at once. On vibraphone, as he demonstrates on In A World Of Mallets, it's more a matter of smoothing out many segments into a continuous whole. Over the course of the album he invokes bells, chimes and the signature tunes of cozy wall clocks grown familiar from decades of old Hollywood, not to mention the Indonesian gamelan and, for good measure near the end, some whistling. The whistling is charming, and brings further context and layers worked by the vibes that--after a long stretch of Marsalis on ...read more
It's not like Jason Marsalis has been invisible since he released Music in Motion (Basin Street, 2002); his name's just been on the back of CD booklets instead of the front. With Music Update, Marsalis is back at the top of the bill, except he's brought a different set of sticks with him, or more specifically, a new set of mallets.
Well, not completely new, it seems Marsalis began experimenting with the vibraphone as a primary instrument about eight years ago, and has been working on a vibes-centered group concept for some time. That group came together when he met ...read more
At the age of 26, when most players are still absorbing the music's vast lexicon and beginning the lengthy process of finding their own identity, Jason Marsalis is well on his way to becoming an exceptional jazz drummer. Recordings made over the past several years reveal a staggering array of technical skills and resources that are invariably applied to purely musical ends. From the press rolls of Baby Dodds, to Max Roach's four-limbed independence, to the metric modulations of Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Marsalis has mastered the rhythms of the jazz tradition. He handles the slowest and swiftest of tempos (and ...read more
All aboard! All Aboard! The cover on Jason Marsalis' sophomore recording shows the young musician standing in the center of a train track in some unknown location. This would seem a little odd at first , but upon listening to the music, the idea behind the visual makes perfect sense. The musical trek will take the listener on a journey that will leave a memorable impression at the point of disembarkation.
The name Marsalis is a common household word in today's current music environment. Ellis, Delfeayo, Branford, and the minister of jazz himself, Wynton; have carried forth the great tradition ...read more