Wynton Marsalis – Standard Time Vol.2 “Intimacy Calling” {Columbia}


Review by Scott Yanow ~allmusic.com
Wynton Marsalis’s second of three standard albums was actually released after the third volume. On most of the selections, the brilliant trumpeter is heard in excellent form with his quartet (comprised of pianist Marcus Roberts, bassist Reginald Veal or Robert Hurst and either Herlin Riley or Jeff Watts on drums); tenorman Todd Williams helps out on “I’ll Remember April” and altoist Wes Anderson is also added to “Crepuscule with Nellie.” Marsalis’s tone really makes the ballads worth hearing, and his unusual choice and placement of notes keeps the music stimulating. This mostly bop-oriented set is rounded off by a jaunty version of “Bourbon Street Parade.”

Tracklist:
01. When it’s Sleepytime Down South (5:11)
02. You Don’t Know What Love Is (6:24)
03. Indelible and Nocturnal (4:11)
04. I’ll Remember April (8:34)
05. Embraceable You (7:16)
06. Crepuscule With Nellie (3:04)
07. What is This Thing Called Love? (6:30)
08. The End of a Love Affair (3:13)
09. East of the Sun (West of the Moon) (5:16)
10. Lover (5:06)
11. Yesterdays (9:36)
12. Bourbon Street Parade (5:47)

Personnel:
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Todd Williams – tenor saxophone
Wes Anderson – alto saxophone
Marcus Roberts – piano
Robert Hurst, Reginald Veal – bass
Jeff “Tain” Watts, Herlin Riley – drums

Recorded digitally at BMG Studio A, in New York City;
between September 1987 and August 1990.

Genre: Jazz
Style: Neo Bop, Standards
Label: Columbia
Year: 1991
Time: 70:08

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Natalie Cole – Stardust {Elektra}


Review by Bill Carpenter (allmusic.com)

Continuing her successful foray into the American songbook, Natalie Cole served as executive producer on her third album of pop standards. Eighteen selections, including works by Hoagy Carmichael and songs associated with Nat, Ella, Sarah, and Dinah. Big-band orchestration and a trumpet solo by Wynton Marsalis on “He Was Too Good to Me.” Guest players include Fourplay, Everette Harp, George Duke, and John Pizzarelli. Cole originally recorded Nat’s “When I Fall in Love” ballad on her Everlasting album. Here she does a duet with dad à la “Unforgettable.” She also closes the album with a solo version sung in Spanish.

Tracks:
01 – There’s a Lull in My Life
02 – Stardust
03 – Let’s Face the Music and Dance
04 – Teach Me Tonight
05 – When I Fall in Love (duet with Nat “King” Cole)
06 – What a Difference a Day Made
07 – Love Letters
08 – He was Too Good to Me
09 – Dindi (Portuguese)
10 – Two for the Blues
11 – If Love Ain’t There
12 – To Whom it May Concern
13 – Where Can I Go Without You
14 – Ahmad’s Blues
15 – Pick Yourself Up
16 – If You Could See Me Now
17 – Like a Lover
18 – This Morning it was Summer

Personnel:
Natalie Cole – vocals, background vocals
John Chiodini, John Pizzarelli, Lee Ritenour – guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. – electric guitar
Toots Thielemans – harmonica
Jon Clarke – oboe
Dan Higgins, Michael Brecker – tenor saxophone
Everette Harp – alto saxophone
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
George Bohannon – trombone
Terry Trotter – piano, fender rhodes piano
Rob Mounsey, Bob James – piano, keyboards
Michael Lang – piano
Nat “King” Cole – vocals, organ
George Duke – vibraphone
Chris Parker, John “J.R.” Robinson, Harvey Mason Sr., John Guerin,
Ralph Penland, Harold Jones – drums
Paulinho Da Costa, Rafael Padilla, Bashiri Johnson – percussion

Released on September 24, 1996

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Wynton Marsalis – Marsalis Standard Time “Volume 1” {Columbia}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

On the first of three volumes, Wynton Marsalis explores ten 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’ 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.”

Tracks:
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

Personnel:
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Marcus Roberts – piano
Robert Leslie Hurst III – bass
Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums

Recorded digitally at RCA Studio “A” on May 29-30, 1986
and September 24-25, 1986.

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