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Raid on the Mingus House Party by Delfeayo Marsalis

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Album Title: Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra's Jazz Party
Troubadour Jass Records
Released: 2020


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Fiona's Comments

It's party time! Life's not always peachy or minty fresh, but there's nothing hipper than that in peach mint. Delfaeyo keeping it fresh. #KeepHumansHumane

About the Album

"Raid on the Mingus House Party" is the fourth song from acclaimed trombonist, producer and composer Delfeayo Marsalis' new album Jazz Party, out February 7, 2020 via Troubadour Jass Records. The album features Marsalis' Uptown Jazz Orchestra including a wide range of stellar musicians such as Tonya Boyd-Cannon (“The Voice”), original UJO member and Dirty Dozen Brass Band co-founder Roger Lewis, rising star rhythm section Joe Dyson Jr. (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ellis Marsalis) and Kyle Roussel (Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Headhunters). The song turns up the tension with a dramatic horn section performance that kicks off the narrative arc implied by the title before Ryan Hanseler’s gorgeously restrained piano work guides the melody away from the proverbial cliff’s edge. According to Marsalis, it was inspired by “aspects of the current social climate in America” that seem to be continually “heightened by extreme political negativity, mass shootings and racial community divisions.” When all ten of the tune’s moving melodic parts get resolved, the music reminds us that, as Marsalis puts it, “love for humanity” really can “reign victorious” even in the most troubled and confusing times. For the better part of a decade, Marsalis has spent Wednesday nights at the helm of this sprawling orchestra during its residency at Snug Harbor in New Orleans. With Jazz Party, his seventh album as a leader, he delivers an original composition-heavy set of music that showcases the same exuberant energy of those shows, complete with modernized twists on New Orleans songbook gems and musical traditions, and swinging, groove-infused homages to the contributions of modern jazz masters. Spiked with the NEA Jazz Master’s wry wit and visionary production acumen, Jazz Party sees Marsalis – along with many of the Crescent City’s finest musicians – making a strong musical case for the notion modern New Orleans jazz can and should be as celebratory in nature as it is cerebral in execution.

Song Listing

Jazz Party; Blackbird Special; 7th Ward Boogaloo; Raid on the Mingus House Party; Mboya's Midnight Cocktail; So New Orleans; Dr. Hardgroove; Let Your Mind Be Free; Irish Whiskey Blues; Caribbean Second Line; Mboya's Midnight Cocktail (Instrumental).


T.J. Norris
Khari Allen Lee
saxophone, alto
Roderick Paulin
saxophone, tenor
Amari Ansari
saxophone, alto
Roger Lewis
saxophone, baritone
Gregory Agid
Scott Frock
Andrew Baham
John Gray

Additional Personnel

Khari Allen Lee: soprano saxophone; Roderick Paulin: soprano saxophone; Scott Johnson: tenor saxophone, alto saxophone; Kyle Roussel: piano (1,3, 5-110; Joseph Dyson, Jr.: drums, percussion (1-3, 5-6, 8, 11); Alexey Marti: congas, percussion (3, 5, 7, 10-11); Detroit Brooks: guitar (1); Ryan Hanseler: piano (4); Willie Green: drums (4); Raymond Weber, Jr.: drums (5); Tonya Boyd-Cannon: vocals (1,6); Karen Livers: vocals (5); Uptown Jazz Orchestra: vocals (8).


Date featured

December 19, 2019

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