The Abyssinian Mass

The Abyssinian Mass

by Wynton Marsalis

CD(Bonus DVD)

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A majestic, clamorous work of spiritually motivated, large ensemble jazz and gospel, Wynton Marsalis' 2016 The Abyssinian Mass is a truly epic offering. Recorded live in 2013 at Lincoln Center, The Abyssinian Mass is a composition commemorating the 200th anniversary of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church in 2008. It's an extensive work that finds Marsalis attempting to draw connections between secular and sacred music. Helping to bring this composition to life is a combined ensemble of jazz and gospel musicians, including the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Damien Sneed, and Chorale le Chateau. Conceptually speaking, Marsalis' composition is designed to flow like a church service, with movements broken down into sections like "Call to Worship," "Processional," "Responsive Reading," and, of course, a "Sermon," delivered here in three parts by Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III. For fans of Marsalis' jazz-centric recordings, there's a lot to chew on. There are plenty of swaggering, exuberant solos and the rhythm section is rarely playing anything less than an infectious, foot-tapping beat. That said, this is a lengthy recording, spread over two discs, mixing instrumental and spoken word sections alongside commandingly sung ensemble sections from Choral le Chateau. What's so invigorating about Marsalis' work is how he successfully intertwines the more traditional, classical-influenced gospel sections with the raucous, swinging, and bluesy jazz sections. Tracks like "Call to Worship" and "Processional: We Are on Our Way" find the JLCO trumpets colliding in shiny, Teutonic brilliance over drummer Ali Jackson's roiling, earthy swing, while Choral le Chateau soars as one behind them. Regardless of your religious inclinations, The Abyssinian Mass is an ambitious, uplifting production that fits nicely alongside Marsalis' similarly inclined albums In This House, On This Morning and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Blood on the Fields.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2016
Label: Blue Engine Records
UPC: 0857509005025
catalogNumber: 4
Rank: 34069

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wynton Marsalis   Primary Artist,Trombone,Trumpet,Soloist,Hollers
Ted Nash   Flute,Piccolo
Ryan Kisor   Clarinet,Piano,Trumpet,Soloist
Victor Goines   Clarinet,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marcus Printup   Clarinet,Flute,Piano,Trumpet
Walter Blanding   Tenor Saxophone
Sherman Irby   Alto Saxophone
Kenny Rampton   Piano,Trumpet,Alto Saxophone
Carlos Henríquez   Bass,cowbell
Vincent Gardner   Trombone,Tuba,Soloist,Recitation,Hollers
Elliot Mason   Clarinet,Trombone
Clayton Brown   Soloist
Derrick Baskin   Soloist
Damien Sneed   Hammond Organ
Dan Nimmer   Piano,Trombone,Saxophone,Soloist
Stephanie Estep   Soloist
Kali Wilder   Soloist
Jamal Moore   Soloist
Chris Crenshaw   Trombone,Spoons,Soloist,Recitation
Ali Jackson   Drums,Tambourine,Washboard,Soloist,Recitation
Paul Nedzela   Baritone Saxophone
Matia Washington   Soloist
Djore Nance   Soloist
Rasul A-Salaam   Soloist
Martin Bakari   Soloist
Jorell Williams   Soloist
Christine Fanuel   Soloist
Rafael Clarke   Soloist
Quinn Brown   Soloist
Patrice Eaton   Soloist
Nicole Phifer   Soloist,Recitation
Marwin Lowe   Soloist
Marquita Raley   Soloist
Lauren Dawson   Soloist
Kaleb Alexander Hopkins   Soloist
Josh Adam Dawson   Soloist
Jonathan Kirkland   Soloist
Elaine Strukey   Soloist

Technical Credits

Wynton Marsalis   Composer,Executive Producer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
David Robinson   Live Mixing
Leon Wieseltier   Liner Notes,Essay
Gabrielle Armand   Producer
James P. Nichols   Live Recording
James Sapione   Director
Omar Little   Music Administrator
Alex Ball   Music Administrator
Simeon Marsalis   Director
Kay Wolff   Music Administrator
Christi English   Music Administrator
Tim Carter   Music Administrator
Sophia Betz   Producer
Rob Maconber   Live Recording
Eugenia Han   Producer

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