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United We Swing: Best of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas

Recorded between 2003 and 2007, United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas finds an unparalleled array of music talent that collectively boasts 94 Grammy Awards joining Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis (a nine-time Grammy Award winner himself) and some of the world’s top jazz musicians to perform blues-inflected versions of iconic American repertoire.

Those one-night-only, live performances have never been released before. They include Lenny Kravitz performing Marsalis’s hypnotizing, New Orleans-inflected arrangement of Kravitz’s own song, “Are You Gonna Go My Way”; Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks uniting for a stirring, infectious take on Civil Rights anthem “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”; Bob Dylan adding harmonica licks to a deeply felt, in-the-pocket rendition of “It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry”; and Ray Charles taking the stage for one of his final performances to play “I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town.”

Together these artists raise their voices to highlight jazz’s importance to America’s cultural heritage and to remind us that, even in divided times, music can unite us all. All proceeds from the album will go toward Jazz at Lincoln Center’s education programs, which introduce thousands of children to jazz each year.

United We Swing: Best of The Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas

Album Info

Ensemble Wynton Marsalis Septet
Release Date March 23rd, 2018
Recording Date 2003-2007
Record Label Blue Engine Records
Formats CD, LP
Genre Jazz at Lincoln Center Recordings

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Track Listing

Track Length Preview
The Last Time – feat. Blind Boys of Alabama 4:15
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry – feat. Bob Dylan 4:31
I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town – feat. Ray Charles 3:46
I’m Not Rough – feat. Eric Clapton 3:03
Creole Love Call – feat. Audra McDonald 3:12
Milk Cow Blues – feat. Willie Nelson 4:19
I’m Gonna Find Another You – feat. John Mayer 2:44
My Baby Don’t Tolerate – feat. Lyle Lovett 3:46
The Worst Thing – feat. Natalie Merchant 6:43
Please Baby Don’t – feat. John Legend 4:06
Mean Old Man – feat. James Taylor 3:27
Are You Gonna Go My Way – feat. Lenny Kravitz 7:36
Fool’s Paradise – feat. Jimmy Buffett 4:22
Empty Bed Blues – feat. Carrie Smith 4:44
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free – feat. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks 5:35
What Have You Done? 5:04

Credits

1. The Last Time
feat. Blind Boys of Alabama (4:30)

Recorded on June 6th, 2005
Traditional, Arranged by Wycliffe Gordon
Musicians:
Jimmy Carter – vocals
Clarence Fountain – vocals
Eric “Ricky” McKinnie – vocals
Bobby Butler – vocals
Joey Williams – vocals
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – tenor saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon – trombone
Dan Nimmer – piano
Carlos Henriquez – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

2. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes Train to Cry
feat. Bob Dylan (4:36)

Recorded on June 7th, 2004
Written by Bob Dylan – Special Rider (SESAC)
Arranged by Wynton Marsalis
Musicians:
Bob Dylan – vocals, harmonica
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – clarinet
Ronald Westray – trombone
Eric Lewis – piano
Carlos Henriquez – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

3. I’m Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
feat. Ray Charles (3:53)

Recorded on June 2nd, 2003
Written by William Weldon and Roy Jordan – Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP)
Arranged by Andy Farber
Musicians:
Ray Charles – vocals, keyboard
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – tenor saxophone
Ronald Westray – trombone
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

4. I’m Not Rough
feat. Eric Clapton (3:08)
Recorded on June 2nd, 2003

Written by Louis Armstrong/Lil Hardin Armstrong – Universal-MCA Music Publishing
Arranged by Wycliffe Gordon
Musicians:
Eric Clapton – vocals, guitar
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – clarinet
Ronald Westray – trombone
Richard Johnson – piano
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

5. Creole Love Call
feat. Audra McDonald (3:16)

Recorded on June 2nd, 2003
Written by Edward Kennedy Ellington – Sony/ATV Harmony (ASCAP)
Arranged by David Berger
Musicians:
Audra McDonald – vocals
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – clarinet
Victor Goines – bass clarinet
Ronald Westray – trombone
Richard Johnson – piano
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

6. Milk Cow Blues
feat. Willie Nelson (4:47)

Recorded on June 2nd, 2003
Written by Arnold Kokomo – Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP)
Arranged by Wynton Marsalis
Musicians:
Willie Nelson – vocals, guitar
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – tenor saxophone
Ronald Westray – trombone
Richard Johnson – piano
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

7. I’m Gonna Find Another You
feat. John Mayer (2:39)

Recorded on June 5th, 2006
Written by John Mayer – Specific Harm Music (ASCAP)
Arranged by Richard DeRosa
Musicians:
John Mayer – vocals, guitar
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Fab Dupont – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – tenor saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon – trombone
Dan Nimmer – piano
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

8. My Baby Don’t Tolerate
feat. Lyle Lovett (3:50)

Recorded on June 6th, 2005
Written by Lyle Lovett – Universal PolyGram International Publishing Inc (ASCAP)
Arranged by Richard DeRosa
Musicians:
Lyle Lovett – vocals, guitar
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – tenor saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon – trombone
Dan Nimmer – piano
Carlos Henriquez – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

9. The Worst Thing
feat. Natalie Merchant (6:52)

Recorded on June 5th, 2006
Written by Natalie Merchant – Indian Love Bride Music (ASCAP)
Arranged by Wynton Marsalis
Musicians:
Natalie Merchant – vocals
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – clarinet
Wycliffe Gordon – trombone
Doug Wamble – guitar
Dan Nimmer – piano
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

10. Please Baby Don’t
feat. John Legend (4:09)

Recorded on June 5th, 2006
Written by John Roger Stephens – BMG Sapphire Songs / John Legend Publishing (BMI)
Arranged by Richard DeRosa
Musicians:
John Legend – vocals, piano
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – tenor saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon – trombone
Doug Wamble – guitar
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

11. Mean Old Man
feat. James Taylor (3:33)

Recorded on June 7th, 2004
Written by James Taylor – Owl Rat Publishing (ASCAP)
Arranged by Wynton Marsalis
Musicians:
James Taylor – vocals
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – clarinet
Ronald Westray – trombone
Eric Lewis – piano
Carlos Henriquez – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

12. Are You Gonna Go My Way
feat. Lenny Kravitz (7:41)

Recorded on May 14th, 2007
Written by Craig Ross and Lenny Kravitz – Miss Bessie Music (ASCAP) / Wigged Music (BMI)
Arranged by Wynton Marsalis
Musicians:
Lenny Kravitz – vocals, guitar
Craig Ross – lead guitar
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – tenor saxophone, clarinet
Wycliffe Gordon – trombone
Jon Batiste – piano
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

13. Fool’s Paradise
feat. Jimmy Buffett (4:24)

Recorded on May 14th, 2007
Written by Johnny Fuller, Robert Goddins, and David Avid – B-Flat Publishing Co (BMI) Arranged by Wynton Marsalis
Musicians:
Jimmy Buffett – vocals
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – tenor saxophone
Wycliffe Gordon – trombone
Mac McAnally – guitar
Jon Batiste – piano
Robert Greenidge – steel drums
Ralph MacDonald – congas
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

14. Empty Bed Blues
feat. Carrie Smith (4:06)

Recorded on June 2nd, 2003
Written by James C Johnson – Record Music Publishing Co (ASCAP)
Musicians:
Carrie Smith – vocals
Ronald Westray – trombone
Wynton Marsalis – piano Herlin Riley – drums

15. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
feat. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks (5:43)

Recorded on May 14th, 2007
Written by William Taylor and Richard Carroll Lamb (Dick Dallas) – Duane Music Inc (ASCAP)
Arranged by Wycliffe Gordon
Musicians:
Susan Tedeschi – vocals
Derek Trucks – guitar
Wynton Marsalis – trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – alto saxophone
Victor Goines – tenor saxophone Wycliffe Gordon – trombone
Jon Batiste – piano
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – drums

16. What Have You Done?
(7:36)

Recorded on June 5th, 2006
Written & Arranged by Wynton Marsalis – Skayne’s Music (ASCAP)
Musicians:
Wynton Marsalis – vocals, trumpet
Wess “Warmdaddy” Anderson – vocals, alto saxophone
Victor Goines – vocals, clarinet
Wycliffe Gordon – vocals, trombone
Doug Wamble – vocals, guitar
Dan Nimmer – piano
Reginald Veal – bass
Herlin Riley – vocals, drums

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