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Photo: Wynton Marsalis Quintet in Marciac 2007

Last night, the Wynton Marsalis Quintet performed in Marciac. They played songs from a new poem written by Wynton, and at the end of the concert people tributed a standing ovation to the band and to Jared Grimes. The band also played three encores: Moscow Blues, The Magic Hour and Sadness (by Ornette Coleman).
Here we are going to show you some images from the video we shot during the soundcheck. The video-clips from rehearsals are also available.

Wynton at soundcheck for the concert in Marciac on August 3, 2007

Wynton at soundcheck for the concert in Marciac on August 3, 2007

Wynton at soundcheck for the concert in Marciac on August 3, 2007

Wynton at soundcheck for the concert in Marciac on August 3, 2007

Wynton at soundcheck for the concert in Marciac on August 3, 2007

Wynton at soundcheck for the concert in Marciac on August 3, 2007

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  1. Hi Karen,
    sorry but can’t help; I haven’t had the chance of listened Congo Square, neither recorded nor alive.
    BTW, you mention a Congo Square CD…..didn’t knew about it.
    Take care.

    careba on Aug 11th, 2007 at 9:55am

  2. Careba, it’s true, there’s no trombone with the Quintet! Vincent plays with JLCO in a Congo Square section that has a similar sound to one in the poetry piece. He has a great sound on the trombone, really deep, gritty tones. What is that structure called? Is it a “Jook” groove? On the Congo Square cd the piece is called “Ajeseke/Jookin’”.

    Karen on Aug 11th, 2007 at 9:19am

  3. Thanks Karen for the visual and aural interpretation of what I missed. Eagerly awaiting to hear the completed work in progress.

    Sonalii on Aug 11th, 2007 at 12:03am

  4. Karen, forgot pointing out that there wasn’t trombone on my concert……..????

    careba on Aug 10th, 2007 at 8:13pm

  5. AMEN!.

    careba on Aug 10th, 2007 at 7:55pm

  6. Careba,

    Did you hear the part when Grimes tapped out his rhythms and then Ali played it straight back like that? I want to listen again to those pieces to follow the rhythm of the melody lines in the poetry. And then, when they intensify, and the sound is like Ajeseke from the Congo Square, but with Wynton on Trumpet and Jared on taps, instead of Vincent on Trombone, and it all gets crazy and Skain just blows down on that horn, like he’s gettin’ the floor hot to make that Grimes jump higher, and faster. Then the sweet sound of a woman’s voice comes up, cool like water, sweet like the golden moon rising on the horizon.

    Good, good, it’s so good like that.

    Karen on Aug 10th, 2007 at 4:17pm

  7. Pity!…Thanks anyway.
    Waiting with eargerness….it sounded great….though it’s basic the sound (the music of the words and the poem)…..I like reading poetry slowly and with calm, you get the whole meaning of author; even more if you don’t have it recorded for listening again.
    Thanks for another great work Wynton.

    careba on Aug 10th, 2007 at 3:16pm

  8. Unfortunately,
    now it is not possble to publish the text from the poem.

    Wynton still has to complete it…

    Luigi Beverelli on Aug 10th, 2007 at 10:25am

  9. Thanks for info Karen.
    It was just out of curiosity.
    To me it was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL what I saw the 2nd.

    careba on Aug 10th, 2007 at 4:49am

  10. Back in April, Jared Grimes performed with Wynton and the Quintet on a benefit night at the Rose Hall in NYC. That evening, there was one woman who performed the poetry parts that were spoken by the women of Sweet Honey and the Rock in Marciac. If they have been thinking to develop material that can incorporate a tap dancer, it seems that this is the repertoire that Wynton chose.

    Karen on Aug 10th, 2007 at 12:19am

  11. Luigi, please, would it be posible to read Wynton’s poem here in the web?.

    BTW,people at chapiteau said Wynt was “contrarie” because it was supposed to be the singer with the quintet. Was it so or since first moment Sweet Honey were scheduled to read the poem and be the vocals for the concert?. They were perfect, and all a discovery. Same as J.Grimes, marking rhythm and his feet been another instrument perfectly coordinated within the others.

    Also, in the encores I only recognized The Magic Hour; and never heard of that Moscow Blues, is it recorded in any CD?. And, last but not least, is it available the whole concert in any section of radio france in the web?.

    careba on Aug 9th, 2007 at 7:14pm

  12. When I connected with the Inter France channel, it was late in the game. Only Dan on keys and Carlos on bass were playing. Suddenly, I imagine Dan must have closed his eyes, sheets of sound began to wash through my speakers. Those two, with Ali on drums, now that makes an unsurpassable rhythm section that seriously can communicate with each other. At that point, Grimes came in on the taps, his rhythmic voice hittin’ that pocket and staying with the changes. Nice, really nice. As a voice amongst the ensemble, Grimes has found his footing within the frame of the instrumentation. His sounds are distinct and fiery, his speed enhancing the intensity of the dynamic.

    Congratulations, Gentlemen, excellent work. If Sholto Byrnes had been in the audience, this quintet performance may have caused him to spontaneously combust.

    Karen on Aug 4th, 2007 at 2:32pm

  13. any chance for having the text of those beautiful and enlighting poems we were lucky to listen to?????????


    ZS on Aug 4th, 2007 at 12:49pm

  14. Good morning,

    I saw and heard Wynton’s concert on july 28, 2007, in Paris Jazz Festival in France, Parc floral de Vincennes. It was the first time my wife, my six children and I heard something about him and his quintet. It was so magic. Thanks to this website about this fantastic musician.

    Xavier ALGRET

    ALGRET on Aug 4th, 2007 at 7:43am

  15. Thank you Wynton and Luigi for sharing the wondeful Marciac concerts. The setting seems idyllic for listening to jazz. Looking forward to seeing the video. What inspired you to write poetry and is this something new to look forward to on a future album? As always you continue to surprise and inspire.

    Sonalii on Aug 3rd, 2007 at 8:20pm

  16. Dear Wynton,

    I would probably perish if I have to wait until next week to see the video. Is it possible to get the text of the poem. Also, I am so happy you overcame that ordeal with your lip years ago. Embouchure is everything!! When I saw that interview on “Charlie Rose” pr “Tavis Smiley” – I almost cried.



    Beverly Joy Douglas on Aug 3rd, 2007 at 4:00pm