In the Beginning

by David Marriott, Jr.

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Out-of-print award-winning album "Septology: In the Beginning" comes back to life online in a mulititude of audio formats...

Review from The All-Music Guide:

"Septology is an expanded version of the Marriott Jazz Quintet, adding the reeds of Rob Davis and Mark Taylor to the basic ensemble. Co-led by brothers Thomas and David Marriott, the group's second album is based on the opening chapter of the Book of Genesis from the Bible. Composed and arranged by David Marriott, the seven tracks capture with jazz music each day of God's labor in creating the world, before resting on the seventh day. Given the thematic source for the composition, it is not surprising that the music increases in anticipation as God completes each of the tasks. At the same time, tautness does not override the sense of melody built into each of the seven segments. The composer David Marriott sees this occasion not only as solemn, but joyous. "On the Third Day" celebrates the making of day and night through the placement of a sun and moon in the heavens, and is acclaimed with freewheeling swing. Featured on the track are the trumpet and trombone of Thomas and David Marriott, respectively, backed by on-the-mark piano of John Hansen with punctuating rim shots and drum rolls by Jon Wikan. Scattered among the swinging rhythms are some dissonant exchanges among the players, adding contrast to this long 11-minute track. There's even a nod to the blues on "On the Fourth Day," led by David Marriott's tailgate trombone with the whole group joining in a New Orleans swing-along. Finally, the seventh day, the day of rest, is reached, which is described musically with serene satisfaction. This track features some of the best ensemble work on the album. A highly accomplished performance by outstanding musicians from that jazz-fertile northwest U.S. area, this album is recommended."

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released 11 February 2010

David Marriott - Trombone, Composer, Arranger;Thomas Marriott - Trumpet; Mark Taylor - Alto, Tenor and Soprano Saxophones; Robert Davis - Tenor Saxophone and Bass Clarinet; John Hansen - Piano; Geoff Harper - Bass; Jon Wikan - Drums.

Recorded on June 6, 1998 at Ironwood Studios
Engineered and Edited by Floyd Reitsma

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David Marriott, Jr. Seattle

David Marriott, Jr. is a jazz trombonist, composer/arranger, educator, and blogger. A two-time Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award recipient and winner of the 1999 National Jazz Trombone Competition, David is active in a variety of Seattle jazz groups, including the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Zubatto Syndicate and his own critically-acclaimed group Septology. ... more

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