Standards & Ballads

January 22, 2008 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 1:11:50
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  • ASIN: B0013DC7O0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,530 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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My husband loves this CD.
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Wynton Marsalis has been described as the most powerful jazz musician in America today.
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You can't do anything else when listening to it unless you are with the one!!
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue* VINE VOICE on May 27, 2008
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"Even though I write a lot of music, I have always loved to play standards because they create a mood of expectation from the audience, even if they do not know the standard. That is the most magical thing about standards. They communicate well to the novice as well as the experienced jazz listener, which is the perfect audience, primarily because at the moment of communication, all knowledge becomes equal." ~ Wynton Marsalis ~

Released in January of this year, "Standards & Ballads" is Wynton Marsalis' latest offering and gift to jazz lovers. It is a collection of beautiful jazz tunes that he recorded between 1983 and 1997 and taken from eight different albums. It is a mix of timeless standards and some of his originals. Among the finest musicians who are featured in these recordings include his father and brother, Ellis Marsalis and Branford Marsalis, respectively, and Ron Carter (bass), Kenny Kirkland (piano) and Lewis Nash (drums).

Wynton Marsalis has outdone himself in playing one of my favorite tunes from this collection, "Stardust"... the arrangement is classically-infused and it is sooo beautiful that I listened to it repeatedly. On this track, he is joined by his brother, Branford Marsalis on both tenor and soprano sax, Kent Jordan on alto flute, Kenny Kirkland on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Jeffrey Watts on drums. I can imagine Hoagy Carmichael from above giving them thumbs-up and listening with pride for what these creative musicians have done to his masterpiece. This track was recorded in 1984 and was taken from Hot House Flowers.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DJ Outro on March 6, 2008
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Wynton Marsalis has been described as the most powerful jazz musician in America today. "Powerful" is an appropriate adjective not only for his commitment to jazz education and proliferation (he made Jazz at Lincoln Center an internationally respected name) but also for his calm, controlled, and thoughtful approach to the trumpet. When you hear him drag on the melodic lines of My Ideal (tk 7) à la Miles Davis, or pound on the staccato beats of When It's Sleepytime Down South (tk 1) or float, muted, over the drum beat of Flamingo (tk 14), you recognize the depth of his art and the strength he has in knowing when to push and when to let. The arrangement of April In Paris (tk 12) is a standout of the album - the quartet dramatically changes feels from a hurried straight to a loose swing throughout - highly recommended. Marsalis co-produced this compilation of jazz standards and by choosing unusual standards and unique performances, we see how attentive he is to reinterpreting the shared language of the jazz world.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Shell-Zee on March 31, 2009
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Wynton Marsalis has tried his hand at every musical format from the original music soundtrack to big-band intreptations of Ellington, Mingus and Jelly Roll Morton. He's composed classical suites with Edger Meyer and tried his hand at country music performing with Willie Nelson. The scope of his musical interests seems almost limitless. And let us not forget, Mr. Marsalis has yet to celebrate his fifieth birthday.

Considering all the genres, the styles, the various collaborations and musical projects he has tackeled, none is more satisfying to me than the classic American songbook, or as it is better known "The Standard". Sure these timeless compositions have been covered by every jazz instrmentalist worth his or her salt. These maravelous old songs lend themselves to countless intrepitations and endless arrangements. There's no one who can boast the claim of having recorded the difinitive version of "Embraceable You", "Where Or When" or "I Can't Get Started". Perhaps that's one element that make these musical gems so endlessly appealing.

With all of the great recordings of these perennial favorites, one would think it almost impossible to find anything new, fresh and exciting to add to such a cannon of songwriting and song intrepitation. Yet Mr. Marsalis, in his own understated, subtle way manages to explore new ground here. Dispite all the versions I have heard of simple, quiet and beautiful songs like "Reflections" or "After You're Gone" or "April In Paris", he finds ways to give them his unique and sensitive touch.

This collection, gathered from his four albums of standards marks his most rewarding effort so far. From the very beginning, when Mr. Marsalis began his recording career, the world took notice of this exceptional prodigee.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jean E. Prescott on September 9, 2013
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This is the first Jazz recording I have by Wynton Marsailis. It's spectacular!

Mostly non vocal I can listen while I'm reading as well.

Will be looking for more CD's in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeannette Mansfield on August 2, 2013
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Good music. I really like his sound. If I can,t sleep I put it on and can relax and go back to sleep
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Castorino on April 17, 2013
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Some awesome relaxation is in store. This disk is filled with a terrific selection of classics all wonderfully performed by Wynton
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By Kathleen Driver on July 2, 2014
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given as a gift to a Wynton Marsalis enthusiast...was well received...kd
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