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Citi Movement [Wynton Marsalis]
0. DISC 1:
1. Hustle Bustle
2. City Beat
3. Daylight Dinosaurs
4. Down the Avenue
5. Stop and Go
6. Nightlife-Highlife (Yas, Yas)
7. How Long?
8. I See the Light - (vocal)
9. I See the Light - (TRUE instrumental)
10. Duway Dialogue
11. Dark Heart Beat
12. Cross Court Capers
13. Bayou Baroque
15. Spring Yaound
0. DISC 2: SOME PRESENT MOMENTS OF THE FUTURE:
1. End, The
2. Legend of Buddy Bolden, The
3. Swingdown, Swingtown
4. Highrise Riff (1, 2, 3, 4)
5. Modern Vistas (As Far as the Eye Can See)
6. Curtain Call
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 3324
Wynton Marsalis Septet: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet); Todd Williams (soprano & tenor saxophones); Wes Anderson (alto saxophone); Wycliffe Gordon (trombone); Eric Reed (piano); Reginald Veal (bass); Herlin Riley (drums).
Additional personnel: Herb Harris (tenor saxophone); Marcus Roberts (piano).
Recorded at RCA Studios A & B, New York, New York on July 27-28. Includes liner notes by Stanley Crouch.
CITI MOVEMENT is divided into three movements: "Cityscape," "Transatlantic Echoes" and "Some Present Moments of the Future" respectively. Written by Wynton Marsalis for Griot New York, a modern ballet choreographed by Garth Fagan, the three-part composition uses jazz to render the history and feeling of a city, and the emotional references connected to styles and rhythmic grooves.
Building upon the grandeur of Duke Ellington's writing, and the obtuseness of Charles Mingus' work, CITI MOVEMENT is rich in both urban Americana and jazz history. In addition, this music bathes itself in tonal humor and irony, as well as rhythmical. textural and timbral variety. Constantly shifting, and ever evolving, CITI MOVEMENT evokes the mood and frenetic character of New York City with grace and elegance. Finally, and unsurprisingly, Marsalis' septet performs this music with great poise and resolution, and tight, well-rehearsed fervor.
Rolling Stone (4/1/93, p.52) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...as classy and elegant a work of acoustic jazz as this young decade has seen....cinematic in scope..."
Entertainment Weekly (2/19/93, p.58) - "...He has a genuine and precious compositional gift...Marsalis can make music that is both gorgeously accessible and internally complex...a masterpiece of taste..." - Rating: B+
Down Beat (4/93, p.43) - 3.5 Stars - Good Plus - "...there are plenty of stellar moments in this complex and beautiful work....this collection tells a story through music that is intricately written and expertly performed....Marsalis' brilliant orchestration stands on its own..."
JazzTimes (5/93, p.64) - "This ambitious 2 CD project represents music crafted on commission for the esteemed New York-based modern dance company, Garth Fagan's Bucket Dance Theater....as a work devoted to movement it hangs together quite nicely....colors run wild here, often colliding to create a riotous contrast..."
Musician (4/93, p.85) - "...On the astounding CITI MOVEMENT, Wynton Marsalis offers us the most adventurously intricate ensemble writing of his career....its true breakthrough is the focus that the leader applies to his themes....a masterwork whose details only contribute to its sense of panorama..."
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