Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet
Saturday, Jan. 13
Last Saturday’s debut at the Jazz Kitchen by Delfeayo Marsalis showed he was an erudite instrumentalist on trombone and an ardent student of historical Afro-American culture. Marsalis’ compositions were mostly thematic in a contemporary sense to reflect the historical mood of a people. Opening with a happy blues piece, pianist Anthony Wonsey showed he is a new star in the making with his creative energy technique.
Marsalis’ original dedicated to Elvin Jones, “The Lone Warrior,” was eerie. His solo flashed back to the innovator of modern jazz, trombonist J.J. Johnson’s historical performance at the Jazz Kitchen. Marsalis’ solo feature on “What a Wonderful World” displayed his fluid technique and warmth in an elegant setting provided by Wonsey’s expressive piano. With gritty tenor sax from Mark Shim and a driving rhythm section, Marsalis assembled a cohesive group.