283

Wynton Marsalis: Live at the House of Tribes

Greg Thomas By

Sign in to view read count
The most exhilarating live date by Marsalis since his mammoth seven-CD release Live at the Village Vanguard in 1999, Live at the House of Tribes is a brilliant blowing session captured in 2002 at a tiny club in New York's Lower East Side that he frequents with a small group every winter.

The audience of just fifty or so is heard right through, co-signing the instrumental declarations and exclamations of the leader, his long-time partner in swing, alto saxophonist Wess "Warmdaddy Anderson, and a hard-driving rhythm section brought together for this performance of jazz standards from the repertoire of bebop and the American songbook. Thelonious Monk's dissonant "Green Chimneys sets the stage for the drama to come. Marsalis first covered this composition on his 1999 release, Marsalis Plays Monk, but it was recorded in 1994. Comparing Marsalis' performance then and in 2002 is a study in the maturation of a great artist.

"Just Friends is taken mid-tempo, with Marsalis' patient solo further revealing the expansion of his conception. Joe Farnsworth, well-known to regulars at the uptown club Smoke, plays brushes here with cool, intense finesse while Kengo Nakamura thumps pizzicato bass lines that would have made the late Niels Henning Ørsted-Pedersen proud.

The six-tune date ends with a trip to New Orleans via "2nd Line, the effervescent joy apparent in the festive mood, especially via the tambourine playing of Robert Rucker. The band's insouciance that cold December night in 2002 seems an implicit counter-statement to the recent tragic events caused by Hurricane Katrina and government neglect. Tragedy is an undoubted part of human existence, but we've gotta swing anyway, for as many bars as we've got.

Track Listing: Green Chimneys; Just Friends; You Don't Know What Love Is; Donna Lee; What Is This Thing Called Love; 2nd Line.

Personnel: Wynton Marsalis: trumpet; Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson: alto saxophone; Eric Lewis: piano; Kengo Nakamura: bass; Joe Farnsworth: drums; Robert Rucker: tambourine; Orlando Q. Rodriguez: percussion.

Title: Live at the House of Tribes | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Blue Note Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Alto Gusto CD/LP/Track Review Alto Gusto
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 20, 2017
Read Flow CD/LP/Track Review Flow
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 20, 2017
Read Originals For the Originals CD/LP/Track Review Originals For the Originals
by Paul Rauch
Published: November 20, 2017
Read Killing Bugs CD/LP/Track Review Killing Bugs
by Kevin Press
Published: November 20, 2017
Read The Way of It CD/LP/Track Review The Way of It
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Tag Book CD/LP/Track Review Tag Book
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 19, 2017
Read "Tiptoe" CD/LP/Track Review Tiptoe
by Jerome Wilson
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "Two Hands, One Heart" CD/LP/Track Review Two Hands, One Heart
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 8, 2017
Read "Ugly Beauty" CD/LP/Track Review Ugly Beauty
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 6, 2017
Read "Drama" CD/LP/Track Review Drama
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: September 9, 2017
Read "Masters In Bordeaux" CD/LP/Track Review Masters In Bordeaux
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 19, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Please support out sponsor