Wynton Marsalis’ ‘Blood on the Fields’ is a three-and-a-half-hour jazz oratorio composed by Marsalis, premiered on April 1, 1994 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hal and released in 1995 by Columbia
Track Listing : 1.Calling The Indians Out (Wynton Marsalis) – 05:27 . 2.Move Over (Wynton Marsalis) – 10:04 . 3.You Don’T Hear No Drums (Wynton Marsalis) – 11:52 . 4.The Market Place (Wynton Marsalis) – 06:02 . 5.Soul For Sale (Wynton Marsalis) – 06:07 . 6.Plantation Coffle March (Wynton Marsalis) – 10:45 . 7.Work Song (Blood On The Fields) (Wynton Marsalis) – 08:26 . 8.Lady’S Lament (Wynton Marsalis) – 06:16 . 9.Flying High (Wynton Marsalis) – 02:04 . 10.Oh We Have A Friend In Jesus (Wynton Marsalis) – 04:06 . 11.God Don’T Like Ugly (Wynton Marsalis) – 08:06 . 12.Juba And A O’Brown Squaw (Wynton Marsalis) – 06:07 . 13.Follow The Drinking Gourd (Wynton Marsalis) – 02:21 . 14.My Soul Fell Down (Wynton Marsalis) – 02:18 . 15.Forty Lashes (Wynton Marsalis) – 07:30 . 16.What A Fool I’Ve Been (Wynton Marsalis) – 02:34 . 17.Back To Basics (Wynton Marsalis) – 11:28 . 18.I Hold Out My Hand (Wynton Marsalis) – 07:40 . 19.Look & See (Wynton Marsalis) – 05:07 . 20.The Sun Is Gonna Shine (Wynton Marsalis) – 02:21 . 21.Will The Sun Come Out? (Wynton Marsalis) – 09:09 . 22.The Sun Is Gonna Shine (Wynton Marsalis) – 06:45 . 23.Chant To Call The Indians Out (Wynton Marsalis) – 03:56 . 24.Calling The Indians Out (Wynton Marsalis) – 05:40 . 25.Follow The Drinking Gourd (Wynton Marsalis) – 01:45 . 26.Freedom Is In The Trying (Wynton Marsalis) – 02:47 . 27.Due North (Wynton Marsalis) – 05:35
Musicians : Wynton Marsalis – Conductor, Trumpet, Vocal . Cassandra Wilson – Vocal . Eric Reed – Piano, Vocal . Herlin Riley – Drums, Tambourine, Vocal . James Carter – Baritone Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Vocal . Jon Hendricks – Vocal . Marcus Printup – 2Nd Trumpet, Vocal . Michael Ward – Violin, Vocal . Miles Griffith – Vocal . Reginald Veal – Bass, Vocal . Robert Stewart – Tenor Saxophone . Roger Ingram – Lead Trumpet, Vocal . Ron Westray – Lead Trombone, Vocal . Russell Gunn – 3Rd Trumpet, Vocal . Victor Goines – Tenor, Soprano Saxophones, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Vocal . Walter Blanding – Soprano Saxophone, Vocal . Wayne Goodman – 2Nd Trombone, Vocal . Wes Anderson – Lead Alto Saxophone, Vocal . Wycliffe Gordon – Trombone, Tuba, Vocal
Production : Produced By Steven Epstein . Brian Faehndrich – Assistant Engineer . John Harrison Iii – Assistant Engineer . Brian Kingman – Assistant Engineer . Todd Whitelock – Mixing . Mark Wilder – Engineer . Jen Wyler – Mixing
Package : Josephine Didonato – Art Direction
Recorded On January 22-25, 1995.
Released In 1995 By Columbia Records.
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