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Wynton Marsalis: Hot House Flowers

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Robert Freedman (conductor); Branford Marsalis (soprano & tenor saxophones); Kent Jordan (alto flute); Kenny Kirkland (piano); Ron Carter (acoustic bass); Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums).

Recorded at RCA Studio A, New York, New York on May 30 & 31, 1984. Includes liner notes by Stanley Crouch.

This is one of Wynton Marsalis' first recordings--a program of standards played by his first quintet (featuring brother Branford), with the occasional participation of a string and horn section. The orchestrations augment the impeccable Marsalis quintet, but never "sweeten" or compete with it. "For All We Know" and "Melancholia" (the latter with Miles-ian mute playing) features some incredibly beautiful ballad playing from Marsalis, maybe the best he's ever done. It's a laid-back, late-night mood album of considerable and durable substance, as beautiful as any of the early 1960s Miles Davis and Gil Evans collaborations.


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