332

Wynton Marsalis: Reeltime

C. Michael Bailey By

Sign in to view read count
Wynton Marsalis: Reeltime

The Penultimate Experience. Wynton Marsalis has reached the next to the last release in his Swinging Into the 21st Century series. When originally released, the enduring buyer could save all of his/her boxtops and mail them to Sony and receive the eighth and final release with a handsome slipcase for the entire set. The re- release of Marsalis' Swinging Into the 21st Century has much more handsome digs than the original.

To the Movies It has been offered by other writers that Marsalis did not break his Miles Davis umbilical cord until he recorded the fine soundtrack Tune In Tomorrow (Columbia, 1989). Reeltime was a commissioned soundtrack to the John Singleton film Rosewood that was not used in deference to a more mainstream John Williams score. A pity, as Marsalis' vision was much more acutely applicable to the subject matter than William's safer, more generic fare.

More than any other release in the Swinging Into the 21st Century series, Reeltime shows on the music molecular level, the dissolution at the edges of genre, style, and substance. Reeltime is a kind of Frankensteinian Pastoral, a series of rural vignettes smelling of dirt and sweat. It touches the fabric of the American South in music. Gospel, blues, New Orleans stomp, they are all threads in this socio-musical coat.

Once again, Marsalis is accompanied by his mates for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He is further joined by the formidable talents of Cassandra Wilson, Mark O'Connor, Mark Schatz, Karen Briggs, Shirley Ceasar and the quartet of Ronee Martin, Bobette Jamison- Harrison, Kay Bowen, and Valerie Williams, among others.

With Wynton Marsalis, there is little recorded music wasted. He and Sony have been good to release as good portion of the music committed to digital. The music here is very fine, reflecting the vision of a controversial figure forging a new path with old methods.


Track Listing: Rosewood; Mr. Mann; Sylvester's Rag; Gentler Times; Gossipin' Hens; Sunday Blessing; I Hear a Knockin'; Go, Possum, Go See All 2; Eyes Around the Corner; Sing On; Morning Song See All 3; I Hear a Knockin'; If I Hold On; Elgin Mills; Rattlesnake Tail Swing See All 2; Dark Heart Beat See All 2; Fire In The Night See All 2; Porch Whiskey; To Higher Ground; After the Dead; Rosewood.

Personnel: Wynton Marsalis; trumpet; Kay Bowen, Valerie Williams, Bobette Jamison-Harrison, Ronee Martin, Shirley Caesar, Cassandra Wilson: vocals; Russell Malone: guitar; Victor Goines: clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone; Wessell Anderson: clarinet, reeds, alto saxophone; Andy Farber, Sherman Irby: clarinet, alto saxophone; Gideon Feldstein: bass clarinet, baritone saxophone; Stephen Riley: tenor saxophone; Jamil Sharif, Marcus Printup, Oscar Brashear, Russell Gunn , Bob Findley, Roger Ingram: trumpet; Ron Westray, Wycliffe Gordon, Bill Reichenbach Jr. , Vincent Gardner: trombone; Eric Reed: piano; Stefon Harris: vibraphone, marimba, drums, percussion; Herlin Riley: drums, tambourine; Kimati Dinizulu: washboard, percussion.

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Sony-Legacy Music


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read Desire & Freedom CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 19, 2017
Read On Hollywood Boulevard CD/LP/Track Review On Hollywood Boulevard
by Budd Kopman
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Motorman's Son CD/LP/Track Review The Motorman's Son
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 18, 2017
Read "Desire & Freedom" CD/LP/Track Review Desire & Freedom
by John Sharpe
Published: January 25, 2017
Read "Second Impression" CD/LP/Track Review Second Impression
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 14, 2016
Read "Return" CD/LP/Track Review Return
by Jack Bowers
Published: July 24, 2016
Read "Repeater" CD/LP/Track Review Repeater
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: December 5, 2016
Read "My Blue Soul" CD/LP/Track Review My Blue Soul
by James Nadal
Published: May 10, 2016
Read "All My Treasures" CD/LP/Track Review All My Treasures
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

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!

Buy it!