Wynton Marsalis – Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1 (1987/2015)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,82 MHz | Time – 62:53 minutes | 2,47 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 62:53 minutes | 650 MB
Genre: Jazz | Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Front Cover | © Sony
On the first of three volumes, Wynton Marsalis explores 10 standards plus two of his originals with his quartet of the period (which consists of pianist Marcus Roberts, bassist Robert Hurst III and drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts). Marsalis’s tone is quite beautiful on the well-balanced set; even the ballads have their unpredictable moments. Among the more memorable performances are his treatments of “Caravan”, “April in Paris,” “New Orleans,” “Memories of You” and two versions of “Cherokee.”
Throughout this recording, the Wynton Marsalis Quartet delivers the sweep of the jazz sound with bold, unapologetic integrity. But by taking on selections from the standard repertoire that have inspired a good number of classic jazz performances, Marsalis and his men are placing themselves in a situation where their work has to be judged against the best of the entire tradition. Here they are challenged to assert their imaginations in contexts that are neither mysterious nor exotic, neither uncharted nor lacking in masterwork so imposing, more than a few musicians of this generation have chosen to avoid them altogether. But the Wynton Marsalis Quartet is not given to avoidance, which is why we observe fresh things happening to these familiar pieces, and spaces found for new footprints on ballroom floors scuffed and marked by hundreds of feet. From the opening gumbo street beat that redefines the dance pulsation of “Caravan,” through the audacious multiple angles on the express tempo of the concluding version of “Cherokee,” these young men prove that the bloom of the unique can often be most easily recognized within the context of the familiar. Yes, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Bob Hurst, and Jeff Watts show us that there is a seriousness, adventure, wit, and idiomatic skill in the air, and that that very air threatens to become a storm of increasingly glorious invention. As you listen to these performances, some of that glory will surely reveal itself. “Soon All Will Know”.
01 – Caravan
02 – April in Paris
03 – Cherokee
04 – Goodbye
05 – New Orleans
06 – Soon All Will Know
07 – Foggy Day
08 – The Song Is You
09 – Memories of You
10 – In the Afterglow
11 – Autumn Leaves
12 – Cherokee
Recorded Digitally at RCA Studio A on May 29-30, 1986 and September 24-25, 1986.
Recorded on to the Sony PCM 3324 digital 24 track tape recorder through an MCI console.
DSD file created by Gus Skinas from the original Sony Super Audio CD cutting masters.
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Marcus Roberts – piano
Robert Leslie Hurst III – bass
Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums