This superbly executed session from the most interesting Marsalis brother, Delfeayo, is energized by the addition of three jazz masters – pianist and family patriarch Ellis Marsalis, bassist John Clayton and the drummer Marvin “Smitty” Smith. The record has a deep regional feel with zesty arrangements and a New Orleans vibe.
As a trombonist and occasional leader (this is Marsalis’s fifth recording since 1993), he’s playing at the top of his game and the quartet has a relaxed urbane style fitting for performing blues, ballads and standards like “Autumn Leaves” and “I’m Confessin’.” However lovely and romantic these tunes are, it’s a routine record, meaning you’d have to seek out the leader’s earlier CDs to hear more spice and variety, but Marsalis does pack the exceptional title track with extra flavor — that infectious NOLA percussion, fat-toned bass notes and dazzling interplay between father and son is right on. Marsalis has played with his father before on disc, but never for a complete recording. It’s easy to dig their swinging version of “Sesame Street” and a snappy “If I Were A Bell,” too. Marsalis has been far busier as a producer than a musician, overseeing nearly 100 projects, and his intuition as a leader serves him well – his father’s solos on just about every tune give the album credible panache and sophistication. (13 tracks; 71 minutes)