In the Sweet Embrace of Life
London 1994 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; August 1994. Very good to excellent audio (extracted from a TV broadcast).

In 1994, the Wynton Marsalis Septet released In This House, On This Morning.

Scott Yanow, in All Music Guide, wrote:

For this double CD, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis musically depicts in three parts a lengthy Sunday church service with program music composed for each of the traditional activities. The set does take quite a while to get going with much of the first two parts consisting of introductions and transitions to themes that never seem to arrive. There are some exceptions, particularly Marsalis’ violent trumpet distortions on “Call to Prayer,” a spirited New Orleans blues and Todd Williams’ tenor solo on another blues.

However it is the third section that is most notable. The 28-minute “In the Sweet Embrace of Life” instrumentally portrays a preacher giving a heated sermon, building up to a very feverish level. Marsalis’ model in his writing is clearly Duke Ellington. Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon is an expert with mutes and Todd Williams is able to hint at both Paul Gonsalves on tenor and Dixieland clarinetists on soprano while altoist Wes Anderson and pianist Eric Reed are also major assets to the septet. Due to the memorable final section, this lengthy work is one of the high points of his career thus far.

Also in 1994, Marsalis performed part of this release in London.

Thanks to budfox427 for sharing these tracks on the net in 2006. budfox427 noted: “This is a live performance of the second suite of Wynton’s extended work “In This House On This Morning”.  This is my favorite piece of his work, and I hope you enjoy it.”


In the Sweet Embrace of Life
Track 01. Intro [3:10] (5.3MB)

The Sermon:
Track 02. Father [17:30] (29.4MB)
Track 03. Son [6:41] (11.2MB)
Track 04. Holy Ghost [12:25] (20.9MB)

Track 05. Invitation [7:33] (12.7MB)
Track 06. Benediction [14:08] (23.7MB)
Track 07. Umtempo Posthude [8:19] (14.0MB)
Track 08. Pot Blessed Dinner [3:40] (6.2MB)

Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto and sopranino saxophones
Walter Blanding Jr. – tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet
Wycliffe Gordon – trombone
Eric Reed – piano
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

Click here for the tracks.