Report from the “Let freedom swing” concert

Posted on November 2nd, 2004 in Articles, New York Times, Review | Tags: articles, new york times, review

Wynton and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra settled into their new home over the weekend.
This “celebration of human rights and social justice” offered six commissioned works for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Each piece was inspired by and tailored for the words of such luminaries as Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu (both read by Morgan Freeman), Vaclav Havel (Mario Van Peebles, Alfre Woodard), Lyndon Johnson (Glenn Close), Eleanor Roosevelt (Patricia Clarkson), Robert Kennedy (Keith David) and Martin Luther King Jr. (the Rev. Calvin O. Butts III).

“Each of these people took risks,” Wynton Marsalis said of the historic luminaries. The program itself was a risk. Could new music in a classic format inspire as much as the words being celebrated? For the most part, the results added up to an uneasy draw.

Read an article about the evening on the New York Times