Born: March 4, 1977 Primary Instrument: Drums
“Music is always in motion,” states Jason Marsalis, and whenever he’s behind the drum kit, the music moves with graceful swing and crackling intensity, hurtling away from the familiar into fresh, exciting territory, like a bullet train headed from New Orleans to Chicago and on to destinations unknown.
Music in Motion, Marsalis’ second recording as a leader/composer, portrays this express journey from the past and the present to the future of jazz. The fuel? High-grade, premium rhythm, of course, supplied not only by the twenty-three year old drummer, but also by his team of young engineers: John Ellis (tenor sax), Derek Douget (alto & soprano sax), Jonathan Lefcoski (piano) and Peter Harris (bass). This record taps into the rhythmic potential of all these instruments, as well as new compositional avenues created by incorporating unusual rhythms into the jazz idiom, which keeps the music chugging briskly through seventy-four minutes of sinuous original material....
Jason Marsalis, Music In Motion (Basin Street Records)
Tony Vacca, Three Point Landing � Chicago, New Orleans, Phoenix (Half Note Records)
Roland Guerin, You Don�t Have To See It To Believe It (Half Note Records)
John Ellis, Roots, Branches & Leaves (Fresh Sound New Talent)
The Marsalis Family, A Jazz Celebration (Marsalis Music/Rounder)
The Ellis Marsalis Trio, Twelve�s It (Columbia)
David Morgan Trio, Live At The Blue Note (Half Note Records)
Los Hombres Calientes: Bill Summers, Irvin Mayfield, Jason Marsalis, Vol. 2 (Basin Street Records)
Marcus Roberts Trio, In Honor Of Duke (Columbia)
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