Jazz Celebration (2003) Better-known Marsalis brothers (trumpeter Wynton and saxophonist Branford), lesser-known ones (drummer Jason and trombonist Delfeayo), and their dad, pianist Ellis, together on CD for the… 2003-02-04 The Marsalis Family
Music Review

Jazz Celebration (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Feb 04, 2003; Lead Performance: The Marsalis Family

Better-known Marsalis brothers (trumpeter Wynton and saxophonist Branford), lesser-known ones (drummer Jason and trombonist Delfeayo), and their dad, pianist Ellis, together on CD for the first time. Even Harry Connick Jr., one of Ellis' former students, sits in. It's a celebration of Marsalis family tradition and mainstream jazz convention. Ellis' compositions are the strongest cuts, Wynton and Branford trade fours with style on Branford's ''Cain and Abel,'' and Jason, the youngest member, nearly steals the show.

Originally posted Feb 07, 2003 Published in issue #694 Feb 07, 2003 Order article reprints