Marcus Roberts: East of the Sun
East of the Sun (West of the Moon)
Marcus Roberts (piano)
Wynton Marsalis: Standard Time Vol. 2, Intimacy Calling (Columbia: CK 47346)
Composed by Brooks Bowman.
Recorded: New York, City, NY. Late 1980’s
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
You have to give Marsalis points for including this trio track -- on which he doesn’t even play -- in the second CD in his Standard Time series. It says something about a man who in the interest of a well-rounded recorded document would step aside and let the band blow some (assuming that is the case!). I love these Standard Time CD’s for their economy and breadth, and this track is a perfect example of it. Roberts has such a classy blues touch and while it’s an overused cliché, you do feel you’re hearing the history of jazz piano in his playing. His compatriots rise to the occasion, as if they could do otherwise, for a beautiful balance.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy