Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Sister Cheryl

Day 2 of "ripped from the vinyl" week continues with a smokin' bit of jazz courtesy of Wynton Marsalis.

Sister Cheryl is from the legendary trumpeter's jazz debut, 1983's Wynton Marsalis. This was the first outing as bandleader for the 19 year old prodigy, and he surrounded himself with some serious talent - pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams are all on it. Several of Wynton's peers are on it too - saxophonist Branford Marsalis, pianist Kenny Kirkland, and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts (who composed today's offering). Sister Cheryl is a breezy track that coasts on a a crisp, tight beat. It has a lovely melody, and everybody on it gets a chance to show their stuff. I have always loved this tune - something about the melody grabs me, and the tight syncopation keeps me listening. Like I said at the top, smokin'.

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