The Young Lions

The Young Lions [1982]

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This two-LP set documents a very interesting and historic concert. While the term "Young Lions" later came to be applied to young hard bop-oriented soloists who were intent on playing swinging jazz, many of the 17 musicians heard during this concert came to be associated with the avant-garde. Performing in different combinations ranging from solo vibes to a version of "Nigerian Sunset" that includes everyone, the talented musicians (many of whom were only slightly known at the time) are trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (then just 21), vocalist Bobby McFerrin, the reeds of Paquito D'Rivera, John Purcell and Chico Freeman, trombonist Craig Harris, baritonist Hamiet Bluiett, flutist James Newton, guitarist Kevin Eubanks, violinist John Blake, vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, cellist Abdul Wadud, pianist Anthony Davis, bassists Avery Sharpe and Fred Hopkins, drummer Ronnie Burrage and percussionist Daniel Ponce. A strong highlight is "B 'N' W" which features the trio of McFerrin, Marsalis and Sharpe but quite a few of the selections are memorable. This two-fer, a near-classic, obviously deserves to be reissued on CD.

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