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The Young Lions
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J Mood
Wynton Marsalis
1986 [Columbia]


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In establishing the 'Young Lions' jazz movement in the early-80s, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis chose to reject the post-1965 avant-garde and 70s fusion sub-genres as lifeless examples of the jazz art form. 'J Mood' continues in the acoustic vein of the wonderful 'Black Codes' (1985), while confirming the young artist's place in jazz history.





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Trio Jeepy
Branford Marsalis
1988 [Columbia]


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The other Marsalis brother is a versatile saxophonist who came of age in his own right with this exuberant outing from 1988. He is accompanied throughout most of the record by noted bassist Milt Hinton and regular drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts. Branford established the Marsalis Music label in 2002 to help further the careers of other Young Lions.





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The Truth is Spoken Here
Marcus Roberts
1988 [Novus]


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Blind pianist Marcus Roberts specialises in pre-1950 styles of jazz, with a little Thelonious Monk added to the delightfully listenable mix. A Wynton Marsalis protégé, his debut as a leader features five originals and three well-chosen covers, including one Monk and two Duke Ellington tunes. The tracks featuring Marsalis are all top-notch.





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Diamond in the Rough
Roy Hargrove
1989 [Novus]


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The title of this album says it all. Wynton Marsalis discovered trumpeter Roy Hargrove on a visit to Dallas' Booker T Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Pianist Geoffrey Keezer, noted altoist Antonio Hart and drummer Ralph Peterson Jr join Hargrove in support on this progressive hard bop set.





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Kenny Kirkland
Kenny Kirkland
1991 [GRP]


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Pianist Kenny Kirkland's premature death of congestive heart failure in 1998 robbed jazz of a significant talent. Kirkland's impressive resumé as sideman includes a major role in Wynton Marsalis' classic Black Codes album from 1985. This post-bop effort includes a healthy dose of Latin jazz, as well as a Branford Marsalis cameo on the opening track.





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Black Hope
Kenny Garrett
1992 [Warner]


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Although originally one of the lesser-known Young Lions, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has steadily carved out a reputable career, even garnering a Grammy nomination in 2006 for his 'Beyond the Wall' album. This highly-praised early effort features guest spots from pianist Kenny Kirkland and tenor sax-man Joe Henderson.





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MoodSwing
Joshua Redman
1994 [Warner]


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A key player in the 'Young Lions' movement, saxophonist Joshua Redman fully embraced the notion that jazz need not necessarily be an intellectual pursuit. Instead, it could very well be dripping with emotion and a lot of fun. This all-original set with pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade proves the point.





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Jurassic Classics
James Carter Quartet
1994 [DIW/Columbia]


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According to many, Young Lion saxophonist James Carter has more than enough talent to eventually see him placed amongst the greats. This is an adventurous collection of standards, featuring novel interpretations of Duke Ellington's 'Take the A-Train' and John Coltrane's 'Equinox'. A worthy addition to any jazz collection.


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