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Delfeayo Marsalis & Uptown Jazz Orchestra | Make America Great Again!

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Make America Great Again!

by Delfeayo Marsalis & Uptown Jazz Orchestra

A soundtrack for America's current social climate, MAGA! runs the gamut of emotions from gutbucket to grandiose, New Orleans brass band funk to classic big band swing. Featuring distinguished rap/vocals, this cd grooves and swings with the best jazz!!!
Genre: Jazz: Modern Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Star Spangled Banner (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
1:31 FREE
2. Snowball (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
6:00 $0.99
3. Second Line (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
5:53 $0.99
4. Back to Africa (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
5:07 $0.99
5. Make America Great Again (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
5:14 $0.99
6. Dream on Robben (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
4:50 $0.99
7. Symphony in Riffs (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
3:43 $0.99
8. Put Your Right Foot Forward (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
5:09 $0.99
9. All of Me (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
4:27 $0.89
10. Living Free and Running Wild (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
5:17 $0.99
11. Skylark (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
3:48 $0.99
12. Java (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
2:02 $0.89
13. Fanfare for the Common Man (feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra)
4:02 $0.99
14. Dream on Robben (Instrumental) [feat. Uptown Jazz Orchestra]
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Album Notes
"Recorded well before the home stretch of the down and dirty political Charlie Flicker we're currently watching, obviously Marsalis felt it coming in his gut. With a rollicking big band that plays with an attitude that would make Duke Ellington proud, this is a wily protest record showing how much of what goes on today is lip service----and that's stuff you can hear in purely instrumental passages. To make good on the title, it has to be a bottom up effort and this is one of the cornerstones of that movement. This is destined to be a jazz classic." - Midwest Record

"Marsalis uses the phrase as one to chew on and brew on, reclaiming and reframing it for us while pointing out what should be obvious yet still bears stating: the true olden days weren't really such golden days, our strength rests in diversity, and freedom, double-edged sword though it may be, is the essential ingredient in the recipe that keeps America great, or at the very least, on the track toward greatness.
With Make America Great Again!, Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra hold up a mirror that reflects serious truths while simultaneously delivering infectious music to make America groove again. There are moments here that give pause for reflection and serious thought—a re-harmonized "Star Spangled Banner" that speaks to promise, pain, and possibility; the Wendell Pierce-narrated title track which gives a warts-and-wonders appraisal of American greatness; a pretty and purposeful 'Skylark' with Marsalis at the helm; an inspiring, jazzed-up journey through Aaron Copland's 'Fanfare For The Common Man'—but they never weigh the album down.
Marsalis has a way of always spreading joy, even while shedding light on the not-so-pleasant realities of our time and our ancestors. Songs like 'Back To Africa' and 'Living Free And Running Wild,' both featuring the Uptown Music Theatre Choir and some thought-provoking rap vocals from Dee-1, clearly bear that out. And then there are those songs of pure positivity, like 'All Of Me,' Allen Toussaint's cheery 'Java,' Rebirth Brass Band's hip-shaking 'Put Your Right Foot Forward,' and Benny Carter's swinging 'Symphony In Riffs.' Whether the attention to balance of emotions here is intentional or simply a byproduct of NOLA in Marsalis' soul is ultimately irrelevant. The fact that it's there is what makes this album a real treasure." - All About Jazz

"Delfeayo is, in many ways, the most fun of the Marsali. He's the family trombonist. And record producer. And he seems to be the family wise guy too. In his newest Jazz Orchestra extravaganza, he takes off with some of the most sardonic political hoop-de-doo since Charles Mingus' 'Fables of Faubus' gave us antic musical commentary on Arkansas' segregationist governor Orville Faubus on Mingus' 1959 masterpiece 'Mingus Ah Um.' On the title composition of this new disc, narrator Wendell Pierce tells us Trump's 'catchy slogan' is 'certainly not' a 'pragmatic proposition in the real world today.' Not in this 'melting pot of diversity fighting a juggernaut of adversity.'
By the time he's finished, Pierce, in Marsalis' sweeping words has taken his American 'greatness...through the Middle Passage, and Trail of Tears, 10 Wars, 8 recessions, a Great Depression, Women's Suffrage, Whites and Colored Only, South moving North and East Moving West....protecting our American Dreams by any means necessary. United We Stand.'
Delfeayo is an Ellington man as a composer, but he's even more a Mingus man. Basie seems to occupy a distant third in Delfeayo's world. There's a choral rap here on 'Back to Africa' and brother Branford Marsalis shows up on tenor on 'Living Free and Running Wild.' Just how much a wise guy Delfeayo can be on this disc comes out in his version of Aaron Copland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man' where he respects Copland's harmonies and still finds a way to use Copland's melody for a chattering trombone solo. Not all song information is provided in the liner noters, but I suspect Marsalis was having too much fun to get around to crediting them." - The Buffalo News



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