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Majesty of the Blues

Wynton MarsalisAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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listen  3. The Death Of Jazz12:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Wynton Marsalis received his first trumpet at the age of six, a gift from the legendary Al Hirt. Fostered by his community and family, Wynton began to perform in local bands. At the age of 17, he was accepted into The Juilliard School in New York City and soon thereafter ... Read more in Amazon's Wynton Marsalis Store

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  • Audio CD (May 26, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026SE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,164 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Wynton Marsalis ~ Majesty Of The Blues

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic Noble Inclination July 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I got the cassette befoe the album was released when I was a college DJ. I've just bid farewell to the last shred of tape from playing it so long and so often. The entire piece, particularly the sermon, is a meditation. The sermon puts voice to that which many feel but can not find the way to put into words. Preachy? Yes, but that's what sermons are. At the sermon's core is the truth that in many ways indigenous music forms (jazz, blues) are dying and there are some who are blissfully ignorant or joyously celebrating their demise. But as the sermon says, 'beware of premature autopsies.' As one felow reviewer stated, this disk should be mandarory in all art appreciation classes. Get this disc if for nothing else the sermon. The other tracks are equally evocotive and showcase Wynton's creative genious.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...soul's music.... October 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
of all of the jazz that i own, this is perhaps my overall favorite...not because it is avant-garde or ultra-cool or tryin to be cute: this is just original, down to earth music that pays homage to the tradition and culture of its influences.
i use to play this for my child, who was a year old when this came out, hoping to instill in her a sense of purpose and spirit.
like true hip-hop, jazz wasnt created for its own sake to propel its own glories into the psyche' of music purists....all music doesnt have to be pretentious or popular or artsy to be accepted; this is just an extension of culture to how people use to live and celebrate the things around them good and bad. marsalis reflects those elements nicely with this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic Marsalis March 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The majesty of the blues! The blues (to quote a contemporary author) has always been about making the most of things regardless of the situation you find yourself to be in. On the album, The Majesty of the Blues, Wynton Marsalis does just that. The first two cuts set the pace with some of the most soulful, blues-drenched jazz I've ever heard (on par with Thick in the South, Levee Low Moan, and Uptown Ruler). Then on cut three the New Orleans-style funeral is portrayed in all it's glory. This is what the blues is all about: making the most of the situation! Upon the death of the loved one mourners are comforted by the majesty of the music. The sermon on cut four? Eloquent and inspirational, the preacher offers hope through application of the eternal theme of death, burial, and resurrection. Jazz is dead? Better check the autopsy report, that body is alive! The blues will never die for it is the universal cry of the heart for freedom; freedom from bondage, pain, abuse, neglect, want, despair, etc. The album ends with Happy Feet Blues, an unabashed expression of joy that follows the renewed awareness that the best things in life (faith, hope, love, nobility, etc.) cannot be destroyed and are of eternal value. Get the recording and listen to it until you "get it". And be sure to "give it" to somebody else!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The previous reviewers missed the point... August 17, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Remember albums? This disk was originally conceived as an album -- side two being tracks 3,4 & 5, individually titled 'The Death of Jazz.'
That being said, the old side two is a simulation of a traditional New Orleans funeral -- Blues dirge march to the cemetary, Sermon with band underneath and finally a happy feet blues to celebrate a soul carrying upward and onward to the afterlife. The Sermon doesn't break the flow -- it IS the flow. A burning condemnation (written by the ever eloquent Stanley Crouch) of commercialization and tendency of Americans to destroy our past in the name of 'Progress.'
I whole-heartedly and without reservation recommend this record to anyone interested in Wynton Marsalis' music. This album also marks the start of Mr Marsalis' writing and recording of long form works -- continued in 'Blue Interlude,' 'Citi Movement,' etc.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The SERMON is alchemy February 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The sermon is amazing and inspirational. It speaks eloquently of what any musician or artist know to be true. Either you get it or you don't..it's just that simple.

The sermon should be played in every music class in every school in this country. REPEATEDLY- until the message begins to get through that music- and the creation of it- IS and always will be a gift. The limosines and bling mean NOTHING.There is no way to bottle spirit or soul.

The only thing I would add is the quote:

THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE COST OF EVERYTHING,BUT THE WORTH OF NOTHING.

Amen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad programing not bad music January 5, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I understand what my fellow reviewers are saying about the fact that this album doesn't quiet flow with the long sermon breaking things up. However I disagree that the sermon is a bad piece in and of itself. I myself was inspired by the message of the speech. The backgorund music adds even more meaning to the themes presented by Stanly Crouch.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Album - Dont' Believe the Hype March 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album has some fantastic, and often surprising, music on it. It also has a partly spoken-word piece that apparently is difficult for listeners unaccustomed to the provocative politic ground that spoken-word inhabits. But for those who are more interested in good music than political censorship, this album has a lot to offer. Don't believe those who say that one track prevents a CD from being worthwhile. You'd be missing some truly exciting jazz.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I thoroughly enjoy this album. This album is a must for anyone who enjoys jazz. In my opinion all jazz collections must include this album
Published 11 months ago by D.G.H.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have album for Wynton Marsalis collectors
The entire album is a New Orleans style musical story, and the two pieces "the Death of Jazz" and "Premature Autopsies" are truly the reason to buy this album. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Anthony Shoemaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This is a concept CD. It's built on the theme of the birth, death, and rebirth of jazz. It also parallels the traditional New Orleans funeral procession as it expressed in the... Read more
Published on August 31, 2008 by Sabian
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost great. Skip part 4
I agree with the prior reviewers regarding the unfortunate track 4, the Sermon. It is unacceptably pretentious. Read more
Published on June 28, 2008 by NeverLift
3.0 out of 5 stars A NEW ORLEANS BURIAL
keep coming away with the picture in my mind of a burial ceremony New Orleans style. This is probably as close to "Dixieland" music as Marsalis will ever come; but in any event... Read more
Published on November 22, 2006 by Crabby Apple Mick Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars If the sermon does'nt inspire you...
Listen to it in a few years and watch what happens. I was 20 years old and in my third year of college the first time I heard the sermon. Read more
Published on May 24, 2006 by Andrew B. Malveaux II
2.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd read these other reviews...
...before I bought this disc. Tracks 1, 2, 3, and 5 are all prime Wynton, but that sermon absolutely wrecks this album for me. Read more
Published on February 20, 2003 by JBL
3.0 out of 5 stars Great and Awful on One CD
The first two tracks on this cd are sublime, soulful, blue-inflected jazz masterworks. Then comes the New Orleans style dirge, which is nice, but not nearly as striking as the... Read more
Published on July 18, 2002 by umze
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