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<p>This Oct. 8, 2013 photo shows the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, center, Chorale Le Chateau, and conductor Damien Sneed, performing “Abyssinian Mass” at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. Marsalis has taken his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra all the way to China and Russia, but the trumpeter says its current “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour” is the most challenging in the band’s 25-year history. </p>

This Oct. 8, 2013 photo shows the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, center, Chorale Le Chateau, and conductor Damien Sneed, performing “Abyssinian Mass” at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. Marsalis has taken his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra all the way to China and Russia, but the trumpeter says its current “Abyssinian: A Gospel Celebration Tour” is the most challenging in the band’s 25-year history.

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Wynton Marsalis nears greatness with his ‘Abyssinian Mass’

Midway through the "Abyssinian Mass: A Gospel Celebration," composed by jazz master Wynton Marsalis and performed recently at Boston Symphony Hall, it becomes clear that this epic homage to black sacred music nears a certain greatness.