Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wynton Marsalis - In Gabriel's Garden (1996)

Anthony Newman conducting the English Chamber Orchestra.  Recorded at the St. Giles Church, Cripplegate, London, July 19-23 & 25, 1995.

From the liner notes:
"Dedicated to all the trumpet players who play church gigs every Sunday and are always forced to play softer than the singers.  -Wynton Marsalis
That pretty much tells you all you need to know. These are brief Baroque trumpet pieces you might hear as a church offertory or at the recital of a trumpet student at your local university.  As a recovering trumpet player myself, I can tell you that I have played a few of the pieces on this album at churches and weddings, so thanks for the dedication, Wynton.

This is a disc that's long on fantastic performances and short on material. While expertly played there's not much here to write about.  The pieces you might recognize are the theme to Masterpiece Theater (Rondeau by Jean-Joseph Mouret) and the popular wedding processional titled The Prince Of Denmark's March by Jeremiah Clarke.  The real gem of the CD comes at the end: a spectacular performance of Bach's second Brandenburg Concerto.  If I'm being honest, that's one piece on this CD that I couldn't perform, even in my best days, so I'll just sit back and listen to Wynton and his friends totally crush it.

To date, this is last CD of Baroque era trumpet music released by Marsalis.  I guess his job as Artistic Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center and Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra is keeping him plenty busy.  Plus, as evidenced by this disc, he's run low on Baroque material to record.  That's a shame because I love to hear Marsalis handle a piccolo trumpet.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  None

Previously revisited for the blog:
Two Men with the Blues (2008)
Live at The Village Vanguard (1999)
Standard Time, Vol. 4: Marsalis Plays Monk (1999)
Joe Cool's Blues (1995)
Baroque Duet (1992)
Uptown Ruler: Soul Gestures in Southern Blue, Vol. 2 (1991)
The Original Soundtrack From Tune In Tomorrow... (1990)
Crescent City Christmas Card (1989)
Baroque Music for Trumpets (1988)
Marsalis Standard Time, Vol. 1 (1987)
Carnaval (1987)
J Mood (1986)
Black Codes (From The Underground) (1985)
Baroque Music for Trumpet (1984)
Trumpet Concertos (1983)

1 comment:

  1. One of the main benefits of discovering this site and getting to know the author has been the exposure to and recommendations of jazz and classical music, genres I have always wanted to have a deeper knowledge and appreciation. You continue to deliver on both accounts. If it ain't baroque, don't fix it.