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Wynton Marsalis & Ellis Marsalis

It is a bit ironic that Ellis Marsalis had to wait for sons Wynton and Branford to get famous before he was able to record on a regular basis, but Ellis finally received his long-overdue recognition. The father of six sons (including Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo, and Jason), Ellis Marsalis' main importance to jazz may very well be as a jazz educator; his former pupils (in addition to his sons) include Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, Harry Connick, Jr., Nicholas Payton, and Kent and Marlon Jordan, among others. He started out as a tenor saxophonist, switching to piano while in high school. Marsalis was one of the few New Orleans musicians of the era who did not specialize in Dixieland or rhythm & blues. He played with fellow modernists (including Ed Blackwell) in the late '50s with AFO, recorded with Cannonball and Nat Adderley in the 1960s, played with Al Hirt (1967-1970), and was busy as a teacher. Marsalis freelanced in New Orleans during the 1970s and taught at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He recorded with Wynton and Branford on Father and Sons in 1982, an album that they shared with Chico and Von Freeman. After that, Marsalis recorded for ELM, Spindletop (a duet session with Eddie Harris), Rounder, Blue Note, and Columbia, issuing Twelve's It on the latter in 1998. Duke in Blue followed a year later. Since that time, Marsalis has kept busy releasing Afternoon Session, An Open Letter to Thelonious, and Ruminations. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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not big bands
Some stations are just close to my heart! THIS IS ONE OF THEM!!!- LOVE IT!!!
smwelsh711
This is Charlie browns girl friend
smwelsh711
Sow it
This always lifts my spirits about 3 notches! So cool.
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wyleyy
Come on MORNINGMOUTH stop hating
morningmouth
To my ears, it sounds nothing like the style of Vince Guaraldi. To my ears...Diana Krall's playing sounds JUST LIKE Vince, but not Ellis!
Yes Chuck
wyleyy
swwwwwwwwwww w w e e e e e e e e e e t !
Salve for aching joints and a cold glass of lemonade to boot! Oh yeah!
johnmargie6
Candy for the ears!
Smooth JAZZ like it . :o))
It sound so great. I love it
So so smooth!
tam_wharton
Great Song! It sounds similar to Vince Guaraldi. No other family is as musically talented and just so very funky with the possible exception of the Escobedo family.
I could listen to this day after day. This is truly smooth jazz.
doing the harlem shake before it was cool
1. KISS YOUR HAND 2. MAKE A WISH 3. MAKE A FIST OVER YOUR HART 4. HOLD IT THERE FOR FIVE SECONDS 5. POST THIS ON 10 DIFFERENT SONGS AND YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE.
jarrin1056
This is smooth jazz with a hop and kick! I love this!
love it! This never gets old!
amazing...ab s o l u t e l y incedible.
ready2rockan d r o l l 2 0 0 2
I love when they play this on Charlie Brown Christmas with Peppermint Patty....Can you dig it, man!
michelle_tol i v e r
Thx u NOLA musicians
Sounds just like Vince Guaraldi, But Still Great...
This music is easy on the ears, light on the heart and very enjoyable for my Saturday morning listening audience. The Jazzy sound of the Marsalis family is unmistable.
1stchairflut e
Gives me the Christmas Spirit!
i liked it until minuet 3
Charlie Brown......k i n d of.......
I'm a first time listener and I love it TOO much! Excellence
- Most Love
love that C.Bown beat
celahdy
I like his music
It sounds so good!
I like that CD
Wow, the best in the US, right Here!
stephen6391
My aunt gave this to me for Christmas when I was in high school. It was stolen in a car break-in along with my entire CD library years back. Love, love, LOVE this album!
Go Daddy Go!! ;-)) xoxo, elove.
What a gift on Christmas Eve.
i have nothing but the highest praise for the entire family. They are a blessing from God.
Kewlio
Legendary!!!
I am lovin' this, the swing tones and that swingin' piano.
mstrodder
Apple does not fall far from the tree.....wha t talent!! Saw 60 minutes expose of Winton yesterday, love him his whole being permeates with music, elegeance and passion. I loved the piece in Havana. Wepa Cubanos!!
I love these guys. I wish I could study under them.
Love the elder Marsalis' take on this classic.
Simply Awesome!
YES!!!!
Great misic. There is nothing like tradotional jazz.
goldfleck
Am thouroughly enjoying listening to this great jazz pianist. This sound is a wonderful treat to my ears here at work.

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