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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.
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.
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.
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This is the turning point in Marsalis' career, when he combined his influences and finally developed his own sound beyond comparisons to Miles Davis or Freddie Hubbard. Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Matthew Hall
I thoroughly enjoy this album. This album is a must for anyone who enjoys jazz. In my opinion all jazz collections must include this albumPublished on May 27, 2013 by D.G.H.
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 morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Anthony Shoemaker
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 morePublished on August 31, 2008 by Sabian
I agree with the prior reviewers regarding the unfortunate track 4, the Sermon. It is unacceptably pretentious. Read morePublished on June 28, 2008 by NeverLift
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 morePublished on November 22, 2006 by Crabby Apple Mick Lee
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 morePublished on May 24, 2006 by Andrew B. Malveaux II
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... Read morePublished on March 1, 2003 by Brian J. Petruska
...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 morePublished on February 20, 2003 by JBL