Branford Marsalis: UMMG

Track

UMMG

Artist

Branford Marsalis (tenor sax)

CD

Trio Jeepy (Columbia 44199)

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Musicians:

Branford Marsalis (tenor sax), Milt Hinton (bass), Jeff "Tain" Watts (drums).

Composed by Billy Strayhorn

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Recorded: Queens, NY, January 3-4, 1988

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Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Boy, does Branford Marsalis's take on Billy Strayhorn's "UMMG" swing! In contrast to the full, lush sounds of Duke Ellington's band, Marsalis presents the tune in a trio format led by saxophone. Reflecting both good taste and impressive artistry, you can tell that these musicians are playing for fun, as, throughout, the performance is simultaneously beautiful, spatial, and spirited. This admirable track is certainly recommended for fans of dense, three-piece harmonic interplay.

Reviewer: Dane Orr

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