Wynton Marsalis : Black Codes

Wynton Marsalis : Black Codes


Wynton Marsialis : Black codes (From the underground)

Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Branford Marsalis (soprano sax, tenor sax), Kenny Kirkland (piano), Ron Carter, Charnett Moffett (bass),  Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums)

Columbia 40009

ORGM Records : LP 180 gram

Limited Edition : 2,000 printings

Brand New and Sealed Record

Discontinued : last copy available!...

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A1 - Black Codes
A2 - For Wee Folks
A3 - Delfeayo's Dilemma
B1 - Phryzzinian Man
B2 - Aural Oasis
B3 - Chambers of Tain
B4 - Blues

Recorded January 7–11, 14, 1985 at Columbia Studios in New York City.

Black Codes (From the Underground), an album by Wynton Marsalis, won two Grammy Awards in 1986 : "Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Individual or Group" and "Best Jazz Instrumental Performance, Soloist".

This is probably the best Wynton Marsalis recording from his Miles Davis period. With his brother Branford (who doubles here on tenor and soprano) often closely emulating Wayne Shorter and the rhythm section (pianist Kenny Kirkland, bassist Charnett Moffett, and drummer Jeff Watts) sounding a bit like the famous Herbie Hancock-Ron Carter-Tony Williams trio, Wynton is heard at the head of what was essentially an updated version of the mid- to late-'60s Miles Davis Quintet (despite Stanley Crouch's pronouncements in his typically absurd liner notes about Marsalis' individuality). The music is brilliantly played and displays what the "Young Lions" movement was really about: young musicians choosing to explore acoustic jazz and to extend the innovations of the pre-fusion modern mainstream style. Marsalis would develop his own sound a few years later, but even at age 23 he had few close competitors. 

This ORG Music LP was remastered by Bernie Grundman, using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed on virgin vinyl at Pallas.