Born in a New Orleans family of musicians, Wynton Marsalis quickly demonstrated his genius as a trumpet player. With his roots in The Big Easy, it might come as no surprise that Marsalis showed great talent as a jazz trumpeter. However, what made the young Marsalis particularly intriguing was his equal ability as a classical player. In 1981, at just 19 years old, Marsalis released his first jazz recording, Wynton Marsalis on Columbia Records. Two years later, Wynton Marsalis released both his second jazz album, Think of One, and his debut classical recording, Trumpet Concertos. Remarkably, Wynton Marsalis, at just age 21, won Grammys in 1983 for these two albums, making him the first and still only musician to win Grammys in both classical music and jazz in the same year.

With Trumpet Concertos, Marsalis demonstrated his virtuoso on the legendary works of Franz Joseph Haydn, Leopold Mozart, and Johann Nepomuk Hummel. As a trumpet player myself, I have experienced firsthand how challenging these pieces are, yet Marsalis plays them with ease. Again, he was just 21 when this album was recorded. With this post, we take a look at an early CD pressing of this landmark classical recording.

On Trumpet Concertos, Marsalis played with the National Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Raymond Leppard. Trumpet Concertos was released on CD in the U.S., Japan, and Europe as three distinct releases by CBS Records in 1983. The U.S. version was issued on the CBS Masterworks label under catalog number MK 37846. As a 1983 release, the first CDs appearing in the U.S. were pressed in Japan by CBS/Sony. (On a side note, there also is a later Japanese JVC pressing of Trumpet Concertos that was released in the U.S. under catalog number MK 37846.)

The Japanese CBS/Sony pressing considered here has the text “MANUFACTURED BY CBS/SONY RECORDS INC.” stamped on the clear plastic ring at the center. The matrix code is “38DC-70 11A2”. 38DC 70 is the catalog number of the original Japanese CD issue of this album. The Japan-for-U.S. disc also has “DIDC 50070” printed beneath the catalog number at 3 o’clock. This DIDC project number is derived from the Japanese catalog number (i.e., DIDC 50070, 38DC 70). The disc also has “MANUFACTURED IN JAPAN” printed along perimeter.

In typical fashion for early U.S. CBS CD releases, the inserts for Trumpet Concertos state “Record manufactured in Japan by CBS/Sony, Tokyo, Japan”. The copy featured here came in an early jewel case with smooth top and bottom edges and with “Patent pending” embossed on the back.

Shown below are the booklet and back insert for Trumpet Concertos, along with the Japanese CBS/Sony pressing.

 

The cover for the original U.S. issue of Wynton Marsalis Trumpet Concertos (CBS Masterworks, catalog number MK 37846). This is the standard cover artwork for this album.

 

The back insert for the original U.S. issue of Wynton Marsalis Trumpet Concertos (CBS Masterworks, catalog number MK 37846). Note the statement “Record manufactured in Japan by CBS/Sony, Tokyo, Japan” printed along the bottom.

 

The Japan-for-U.S. pressing of Wynton Marsalis Trumpet Concertos (CBS Masterworks, catalog number MK 37846). The disc was pressed by CBS/Sony, as evidenced by “MANUFACTURED BY CBS/SONY RECORDS INC.” stamped on the clear plastic ring at the center. The matrix code is “38DC-70 11A2”. Note that “MANUFACTURED IN JAPAN” is printed along the perimeter of the disc.

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