Archive for May 27th, 2011

Delfeayo Marsalis – Sweet Thunder

In one stroke of brilliance, master trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis pays tribute to both Duke Ellington and William Shakespeare. Such Sweet Thunder (Troubador Jass Records, 2011) recaptures and reinterprets Ellington’s homage to The Bard of Avon.

Although the collection is an attempt to bring classics of the past into the present, these interpretations of Ellington’s suite also stand apart as a new thing, with Marsalis’ stamp. Accompanying him is a variable lineup of musicians, including brothers Branford (soprano sax) and Jason (percussion and drums) Marsalis, pianists Mulgrew Miller and Victor “Red” Atkins, trumpeter Tiger Okoshi and saxophonist Victor Goines.

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