Wynton Marsalis

Swinging into the 21st

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Swinging into the 21st Review

by Matt Collar

The 2012 Columbia box set Swinging into the 21st collects all of trumpeter/bandleader Wynton Marsalis' ten albums released in 1999. An ambitious project approved by Columbia due to Marsalis' highly respected career and longstanding association with the label, Swinging into the 21st featured a mix of large- and small-group sessions in various cross-genre settings from classical and ballet to big band, all connected by the theme of jazz. In that sense, each album was a logical extension of Marsalis' career and musical inclinations up to that point and, as such, generally featured the more traditional New Orleans-based jazz approach he began to favor in the early '90s. This is true even when exploring such divergent musical entities as Thelonious Monk on Standard Time, Vol. 4: Marsalis Plays Monk and Jelly Roll Morton on Standard Time, Vol. 6: Mr. Jelly Lord. Also included here is The Marciac Suite, At the Octoroon Balls: String Quartet No. 1, A Fiddler's Tale, Reeltime, Big Train, All Rise, and a single disc of selections from the box set Live at the Village Vanguard. The best cuts from the Swinging series were the small-group sessions where Marsalis and his septet got to stretch out with longer solos and inspired group interplay, as on the rollicking New Orleans second-line number "Juba and a O'Brown Squaw" from Live at the Village Vanguard and "King Porter Stomp" from Mr. Jelly Lord. Also engaging are the slightly more modern tracks, including two roiling, cubist Thelonious Monk numbers, "Hackensack" and "Green Chimneys," which Marsalis worked up for Marsalis Plays Monk. While his small-group recordings are certainly a highlight here, Marsalis' extended large-ensemble pieces such as the bluesy "Loose Duck" from The Marciac Suite and the lyrical violin-led ballad "Morning Song" are superb orchestral jazz recordings that, as with all of Swinging into the 21st, showcase the urbane and always swinging mind of Marsalis.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 02:17 Amazon
2 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 03:17 Amazon
3 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 00:29 Amazon
4 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 03:11 Amazon
5 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 04:11 Amazon
6 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 01:31 Amazon
7 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 03:53 Amazon
8 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 00:33 Amazon
9 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 02:37 Amazon
10 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 04:18 Amazon
11 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 03:36 Amazon
12 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 01:09 Amazon
13 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 04:09 Amazon
14 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 02:21 Amazon
15 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 02:39 Amazon
16 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 03:04 Amazon
17 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 00:43 Amazon
18 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 07:27 Amazon
19 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 01:03 Amazon
20 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 02:10 Amazon
21 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 00:33 Amazon
22 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 00:41 Amazon
23 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 00:58 Amazon
24 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 03:48 Amazon
25 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 04:20 Amazon
26 Wynton Marsalis feat: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center 02:25 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Wynton Marsalis 02:42 Amazon
2 Wynton Marsalis feat: Marcus Printup 03:51 Amazon
3 Wynton Marsalis feat: Marcus Roberts 02:12 Amazon
4 Wynton Marsalis feat: Mark O'Connor 02:56 Amazon
5 Wynton Marsalis feat: Claude Williams 05:41 Amazon
6 Wynton Marsalis 01:59 Amazon
7 Wynton Marsalis feat: Kay Bowen / Bobette Jamison-Harrison / Ronee Martin / Valerie Williams 01:05 Amazon
8 Wynton Marsalis feat: Mark O'Connor 02:01 Amazon
9 Wynton Marsalis 01:33 Amazon
10 Wynton Marsalis 02:49 Amazon
11 Wynton Marsalis 02:33 Amazon
12 Wynton Marsalis feat: Shirley Caesar 00:51 Amazon
13 Wynton Marsalis feat: Shirley Caesar 01:40 Amazon
14 Wynton Marsalis feat: Mark O'Connor 02:33 Amazon
15 Wynton Marsalis feat: Victor Goines 02:32 Amazon
16 Wynton Marsalis 00:50 Amazon
17 Wynton Marsalis 06:31 Amazon
18 Wynton Marsalis feat: Mark O'Connor 03:18 Amazon
19 Wynton Marsalis 04:49 Amazon
20 Wynton Marsalis 02:57 Amazon
21 Wynton Marsalis 04:27 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 10

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Wynton Marsalis feat: Morgan State University Choir / The Northridge Singers of California State University At Northridge / Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen / The Paul Smith Singers 11:22 Amazon
2
Wynton Marsalis feat: Morgan State University Choir / The Northridge Singers of California State University At Northridge / Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen / The Paul Smith Singers 07:52 Amazon
3
Wynton Marsalis feat: Morgan State University Choir / The Northridge Singers of California State University At Northridge / Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen / The Paul Smith Singers 09:00 Amazon
4
Wynton Marsalis feat: Morgan State University Choir / The Northridge Singers of California State University At Northridge / Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen / The Paul Smith Singers 08:13 Amazon
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Wynton Marsalis feat: Morgan State University Choir / The Northridge Singers of California State University At Northridge / Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen / The Paul Smith Singers 10:23 Amazon
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Wynton Marsalis feat: Morgan State University Choir / The Northridge Singers of California State University At Northridge / Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen / The Paul Smith Singers 08:39 Amazon
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Wynton Marsalis feat: Morgan State University Choir / The Northridge Singers of California State University At Northridge / Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen / The Paul Smith Singers 09:05 Amazon
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Wynton Marsalis feat: Morgan State University Choir / The Northridge Singers of California State University At Northridge / Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra / Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen / The Paul Smith Singers 10:00 Amazon
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