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Delfeayo Marsalis: Sweet Thunder

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Delfeayo Marsalis struts his trombonist-arranger chops while paying tribute to Duke Ellington’s 1957 tribute to William Shakespeare, Such Sweet Thunder, joined by a rotating cast including his saxophonist brother Branford and piano standout Mulgrew Miller. It’s a daring project, which at least one prominent figure is already on record politely objecting to. Credit Marsalis for printing Gunther Schuller’s misgivings in the album’s liner notes. Schuller calls what Marsalis has brought forth “a good effort,” but also writes, “My profound admiration and love for Duke’s music make me want to protect it from any diminishment of its true greatness. … As great as your musicians are in their respective ways, collectively, you cannot match the warmth, fullness, richness of the Ellington sound, the Ellington character.”

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