Wynton Marsalis: Cherokee




Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)


Live at the Village Vanguard

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Wynton Marsalis (trumpet),

Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), Wes Anderson, Walter Blanding, Jr. (saxes), Marcus Roberts (piano), Reginald Veal (bass), Herlin Riley (drums)


Composed by Ray Noble


Recorded: live at the Village Vanguard, New York, probably early 1990s


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Putting aside our collectively diverse opinions on Marsalis's extra-musical contributions to jazz, it is nearly impossible to listen to Wynton's playing with the Jazz Messengers in the 1980s and his seven-disc boxed set from the Village Vanguard in the 1990s and not marvel at his technical and musical prowess. On this track from Disc 1 of the Vanguard box, Marsalis absolutely rips through "Cherokee" at a predictably blistering pace for nearly seven minutes, combining his classical chops with a noticeable homage to the masters who have previously recorded this classic.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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