Full disclosure:I am not a Willie Nelson fan, and I'm not terribly familiar with his music. A few of the better known tunes on this CD("The Great Divide", "Crazy", "On The Road Again")I recognized. But whether you are a die-hard fan of Nelson, or you've never heard of him, you'll have a lot to listen to on Marriott's album. Remember that jazz musicians playing pop songs is not a new idea. Jazz musicians can take any material from A to Z and make it into something interesting. Marriott has done just that.
Marriott's trumpet style is very clean and pristine; he's got a perfectly round, dark tone, and his tone is consistent in the low range through to the high range. Marriott has a lot of facility but never shows off.
|Harmon mute for Trumpet: Miles Davis used this often|
My favorite track is "Crazy"; it begins very simply(although Burns keeps his effect pedals for the Rhodes turned on , which maybe hints that there is some mischief in the works.) On the second time through, things really do go crazy; what started as a country 12/8 becomes a sort of Willie Nelson meets Ornette Coleman meets Miles Davis' "In A Silent Way". It's kind of a broad, literal joke, but I got a kick out of the cleverness of it.