Cover image for Live at the Village Vanguard
Title:
Live at the Village Vanguard
Author:
Wynton Marsalis Septet, performer.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Columbia, [1999]

â„—1999
Physical Description:
7 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Columbia: CXK 69876 (container); CK 61408--CK 61414 (discs).

Jazz ensembles.

Compact discs.

Program notes by Stanley Crouch ([16] p. : ill.) inserted in outer container.
Language:
English
Contents:
Disc 1. Monday night. Welcome #1 (:41) ; Cherokee (6:53) ; The Egyptian blues (8:11) ; Embraceable you (5:26) ; Black codes from the underground (16:33) ; Harriet Tubman (13:42) ; Monk's mood (3:01) ; And the band played on (5:35) ; The cat in the hat is back (9:22) ; Set break (3:28) -- Disc 2. Tuesday night. Welcome #2 (1:21) ; Uptown ruler (14:21) ; Down home with homey (17:56) ; Reflections (6:07) ; Jig's jig (12:13) ; Sometimes it goes like that (6:49) ; In a sentimental mood (3:47) ; Knozz-moe-king (8:23) ; Set break (5:32) --

Disc 3. Wednesday night. Welcome #3 (:36) ; Buggy ride (8:56) ; I'll remember April (8:05) ; Stardust (5:20) ; In the court of King Oliver (7:51) ; Bona & Paul (2:09) ; Four in one (11:55) ; Way back blues (6:45) ; Rubber bottom (6:11) ; Midnight in Paris (3:43) ; Play the blues and go (8:56) ; Set break (5:05) -- Disc 4. Thursday night. Welcome #4 (1:58) ; Pedro's getaway (16:30) ; Evidence (4:27) ; Embraceable you (12:12) ; A long way (12:39) ; The arrival (12:57) ; Misterioso (6:01) ; Happy birthday (1:02) ; The seductress (4:36) ; Set break (3:54) --

Disc 5. Friday night. Welcome #5 (:31) ; The majesty of the blues (15:45) ; Flee as a bird to the mountain (3:13) ; Happy feet blues (6:27) ; Thelonious (4:47) ; Stardust (6:45) ; Intro to Buddy Bolden (2:09) ; Buddy Bolden (5:47) ; Swing down swing town (9:35) ; Bright Mississippi (8:40) ; Set break (3:04) -- Disc 6. Saturday night. Welcome #6 (:57) ; Citi movement (40:24) ; Winter wonderland (9:03) ; Brother Veal (4:30) ; Cherokee (11:52) ; Juba and a O'Brown squaw (4:48) --

Disc 7. Sunday night. Welcome #7 (:34) ; In the sweet embrace of life (55:00) ; Local announcements (4:46) ; Altar call (10:42) ; Final statement (5:59).
Added Title:
Monday night.

Tuesday night.

Wednesday night.

Thursday night.

Friday night.

Saturday night.

Sunday night.
UPC:
074646987629
Format :
Music CD

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Summary

Summary

As if releasing eight single albums in 1999 weren't enough, Wynton Marsalis capped this deluge of material at the end of the year with a seven-CD mini-box of live recordings, taped over a five-year span at New York City's Village Vanguard club. Greed certainly wasn't the motive, for Sony Music priced the set at an unbelievably low $39.98, so the issue is whether Marsalis is justified in feeling that his music is worth documenting in such exhaustive detail. Each disc is organized to simulate a different night of the week, with a different, often loosely defined, and not-always-followed theme for each disc. The box reflects the Marsalis septet in a joyous mood as it hit the the Vanguard stage each night, spurred on by a vocal, exuberant throng packed into the small, wedge-shaped joint. The well-drilled septet was capable of assimilating a varied, if selective, spectrum of jazz tradition, from the New Orleans funeral music and handkerchief-waving street sass of "Flee As a Bird to the Mountain/Happy Feet Blues" to the sizzling post-bop of "The Cat in the Hat Is Back." Their indefatigable trumpeter/leader is the most liberated, expressive player of the lot. Along with a selection of standards and originals, there are also full-length and excerpted live treatments of some of Marsalis' extended pieces. A number of the performances, particularly of some of his own material, are a bit too well drilled; the loosest contrapuntal New Orleans jams go over the best for the home listener. In the grand scheme of jazz history, this music won't rank with some other landmark sessions at the Vanguard in terms of influence or transcendence. Yet the music deserves a hearing as an extended souvenir of one of the most talented neo-conservative bands of the '90s. ~ Richard S. Ginell