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Audio CD, October 1, 1990
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1. Falling In Love With Love
2. My Romance
3. Webb City
4. How Deep Is The Ocean
5. E.T.A.
6. The Theme

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  • Audio CD (October 1, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B0000006DQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,453 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jazz lover since 1960 on January 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Wynton Marsalis was 20 years old when this was recorded live at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco in June 1981. I can't help but believe that Wynton energized Art and the rest of the group. He was not only trumpet soloist, but also music director. He was responsible for programming the sets, rehearsing the band, arranging tunes. The recording crew mention how impressed they were by Wynton's preparations, somewhat unusual in jazz recordings.
If you don't believe me, this recording was a finalist for the Best Jazz Instrumental Performance in the 1981 Grammy Awards, and in Leonard Feather's "Golden Feather" awards for 1981.
So you know you are in for something special. And indeed this recording is. It is my nomination for the second greatest group that Art ever led. The greatest has to be the Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter group that recorded the masterpiece "Free For All" and other recordings. Some would say that Art's groups with Lee Morgan and others are as good. It is hard to argue with them, but this is my opinion.
Listen to the group play standards like "Falling In Love With Love" and "How Deep Is The Ocean." It doesn't get any better than this. Besides Wynton's masterful solos, I especially want to highlight altoist, Bobby Watson and James Williams, the groups pianist. The latter has a piano trio feature on "My Romance."
Wow! I could listen to Wynton's trumpet solo on "How Deep Is the Ocean" again and again!
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With Art Blakey enjoying another great and honourable year in 1981, he would
release two important albums—the highly praised Album Of The year and this live
recording. For Straight Ahead, he would again hit the jazz charts (right alongside
Album Of The Year) with this casually-paced album that feature Wynton Marsalis,
Bobby Watson, Bill Pierce and noted session bass player Charles Fambrough for
another jam session at the former Keystone Korner in San Francisco, this time on
a set of pop and jazz standards like Falling In Love With Love, My Romance, Bud
Powell’s Webb City, How Deep Is The Ocean and even Miles Davis’ pre-1968 live
signature hit The Theme. Plus, you get to hear Bobby Watson’s E.T.A., and what
is even ironic about this live session is the way Blakey would give Wynton further
recognition, just as the rising young trumpet titan have become an influential jazz
sensation in 1980 with his solo recording debut, when he became this conquering
jazz hero. While he showcased his blossoming talent, Wynton was ubiquitous on
stage checking the house sound during the making of Straight Ahead (“Watch the
EQ, Right! That’s how an alto sounds”) as he took his responsibility well as music
director for Blakey and The Jazz Messengers rehearsing the programmed sets to
contribute a cohesive small band ensemble sound.
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By RCB on May 18, 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Another great Blakey recording
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