Marcus Roberts - Blues for the New Millennium

Marcus Roberts - Blues for the New Millennium
Genre: Jazz
Duration: 01:15:20
Recording Date: October 20, 1996 - May 31, 1997
Artist: Marcus Roberts
Album: Blues for the New Millennium
Release Date: 1997
Recording Location: Monticello Opera House, Monticello, FL
Styles: Hard Bop, Jazz Instrument, Piano Jazz

This intriguing release features pianist Marcus Roberts and a dozen of his originals played by a variety of young musicians in groups as large as 11 pieces. The compositions (other than Robert Johnson's "Cross Road Blues" and Jelly Roll Morton's "Jungle Blues") are all by the pianist, as are the arrangements. In general, the original tunes themselves are not all that memorable (none of the melodies are destined to catch on), but the charts are quite colorful and often make the ensembles sound like a distortion of early-1930s Duke Ellington (with some McCoy Tyner-like piano here and there from Roberts). There are plenty of excellent solos from the band (which includes trumpeter Marcus Printup, trombonist Ronald Westley and altoist Sherman Irby) during the episodic music, and the CD rewards repeated listenings.

An intriguing set.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Cross Road Blues / Robert JohnsonMarcus Roberts3:51
Jungle Blues / Jelly Roll MortonMarcus Roberts4:21
Anytime, Any Place / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts5:17
That Was Then, and This Is Now / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts6:29
Jade / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts2:59
When the Mornin' Come / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts3:59
Heart of the Blues / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts4:42
Whales from the Orient / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts8:15
A Servant of the People / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts4:56
Late Rehearsal / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts7:26
Express Mail Delivery / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts7:53
Early Rehearsal / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts4:49
I'll See You at One / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts5:45
It's Maria's Dance / Marcus RobertsMarcus Roberts5:43

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