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Black Codes [Import]

Wynton Marsalis Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002640
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Black Codes (Album Version) 9:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. For Wee Folks (Album Version) 9:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Delfeayo's Dilemma (Album Version) 6:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Phryzzinian Man (Album Version) 6:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Aural Oasis (Album Version) 5:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Chambers Of Tain (Album Version) 7:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Blues (Album Version) 5:210.99  Buy MP3 

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Wynton Marsalis ~ Black Codes

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mirek 9 Jun 2014
By Mirek
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
The performance and technical quality of the recording are excellent. If You like Winton Marsalis I command this vinyl. You will not regret.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  25 reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wynton's most important single album set 27 July 2005
By jasoneducator - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Wynton Marsalis is so heavily documented and so heavily opinionated these days that it's difficult to assess his work fairly. For everyone who thinks he single-handedly saved acoustic jazz in the 80s, another will say he is killing its creativity and radical spirit in the 2000s. Certainly I've wavered on this issue over time. Whatever your opinion on Wynton, Black Codes is the strongest of his early albums, before he took to preserving the jazz tradition. More than any of the other albums Black Codes strives to advance it.

The band on here is great. This was before Branford left to join Sting and the heads to the tunes are tight. Jeff Watts is a phenomenal drummer and Wynton shares the spotlight by using "Chambers of Tain" as a drum feature. Kenny Kirkland drives many of the vamps on this album and comps assertively and the bass player strongly anchors these tunes as well.

This album plays well start to finish and has some of Wynton's strongest writing. "Black Codes" with its low end piano as part of the head, "For Wee Folks" with its out of tempo opening and "Delfeayo's Dilemma", a tune that has been covered by artists like Kenny Garrett, are highlights in the set. Wynton nods to the tradiiton by concluding with a blues as well.

The innovations on this album are subtle. It's more a summary of two splendid jazz ensembles: the tight ensembles of the Jazz Messengers that Branford and Wynton played with early in their careers and the thorny modal improvisations of the Miles Davis Quintet. Some people focus only on Miles when assessing this album, but if you listen to Jazz Messengers albums like Mosaic and Free For All you hear how the discipline of this music and the vigor of Tain's playing are more assertive than the cool effortlessness of Miles' group.

I don't listen to all of Wynton's stuff so much now but I've enjoyed this album and I strongly recommend it as a high point of jazz in the decade of the '80s.

--5 stars

28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Original 10 Dec 2000
By Kenneth James Michael MacLean - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on vinyl when it first came out, then bought the CD and have been listening to it regularly for 15 years. It is the finest recording Wynton has ever done and this music will stand the test of time. I am a piano fan and Kenny Kirkland's playing on this session is phenomenal. Everyone is in fine form and the music is original, the playing is fresh and passionate. Every track is great listening. This is a CD to play over and over and enjoy over and over again. I agree with the rest of the reviewers about the critic's -- most of these "critics" don't know much about jazz and to compare this group with Miles Davis is a joke -- this is original music and it stands on it's own quite nicely!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As a newbie it is incredible 18 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is my first real jazz album. I'm listening to it right now and Tain is tearing it up and Marsalis is on fire. I don't think I know enough about the genre to be critical, but what I can tell you is this Album can bring you to tears. It gets you right in the gut and makes your heart beat and it tears into you. Almost a religious experience. I'm hooked. Favorite track: Chambers of Tain
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars solid! 22 May 2000
By Christopher Jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There's something funny about this album. Well, not the album, per se, but the critical reception of said album. Ever notice how whenever cats talk about this album or review it, they always name-drop Miles second quintet? (the one with Shorter, Hancock, Tony Williams, and Ron Carter) I've got a question for y'all: WHY? aside from a few ostensible similarities to the Davis quintet, how is this music like the stuff Miles was doing back in the pre-fusion 60s? I mean, if you're gonna compare these groups, back it up with something! I'm not saying there aren't some similarities, but cats who review Black Codes *always* name-drop Miles' quintet without ever digging into the music. That said, this is a superb recording--probably my favorite in Wynton's discography. The rhythm section is sickeneningly tight, and the two Marsalises play beautifully. I like most of Wynton's stuff, but this might just be one of the best jazz recordings of the 80s...heck, the 90s too. If you don't have this, then RUN (don't walk) to your nearest record store and pick it up.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oh lord 4 Jan 2004
By C. Falcone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First off, comparing this album to Miles is absurd; it would be like comparing Monet to Fleming; both geniuses, but 2 different time frames, eras, periods and concepts.
Black Codes is pure modern jazz energy at its most urban, refined, freshest, sophisticated and complex; it IS a seminal album because it provides the natural evolution and continuation of a hard bop movement that seemed to be floundering a bit in the late 70's, always seeming to have to fight the mediocre commercialism and superficialness that was plauging not only the music scene, but American culture then, and still today.
Dark, moody, hip, furious, dissonant, deep---very deep, ahhh, there simply aint' enough adjectives. But if words are meaningless, then how about one sustained goose bump of pure reverie and jazz joy when digging this album?
What is especially astounding are the virtuoso performances of an absolutely sick, monstrous rhythm section, and the horn and saxophone blowing which is a reflection of the best of improvisational recording during the last fifty years. I agree with the reviewer: don't walk, run and get it. It belongs next to Miles, Clifford, Coltrane and Bird, but put this one last (or latest) in the line-up.
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