Marsalis returns to Vitoria

Posted on July 16th, 2006 in Review | Tags: jazz at lincoln center orchestra, vitoria, vitoria suite

Thanks to our friend Jurzy Girl, we can publish a translation from Spanish of a web article published by Telecinco:

Marsalis returns to Vitoria to complete his tribute to the city
The trumpeter Wynton Marsalis fulfilled his promise and returned last night to the International Festival of Jazz in Vitoria to complete and premier exclusively a work dedicated to the city, his personal tribute to the city was rewarded with a statue commemorating the first ever Pulitzer Prize in Jazz.

Five years after he presented the first four movements of the “Suite Vitoria”, Marsalis returned with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, to share the remainder of his work with the Festival.

He was dressed like one of the “big band”, and was camouflaged between the rest of the band members, without assuming directly the leadership with the exception of introducing each band member.

The genius from New Orleans and his band performed one after another of the movements, in which touches of flamenco, “pasodobles” and traditional Basque music, were realized and all embellished with “swing” and latin sounds.

Through this work, recently completed, Marsalis sealed his commitment to the annual musical event.

For the better part of two hours in which he occupied the stage, he cited one after another of the titles of each of the movements, and also offered commentary in the pavilion on “Jason and Jasone”, “Suave en la noche”, “La decision de Inaki, “Lamento vasco” or “Euskadi”.

As is customary in their appearances in this Festival, the public was grateful that he strengthened his relationship with the city and that he gave himself to each one accordingly. At the end and for the pinnacle during the final hour, he played with one of his brothers, Jason, accompanied by Delfeayo, other members of the Marsalis saga.

Before Marsalis’s musicians initiated their homage to the city, he opened with Bassist Ron Carter, accompanied by Mulgrew Miller on piano and Russell Malone on guitar.

After two prior visits to the Festival (in 1985 and 2001) as a member of the group, this time Carter came as the leader of his own trio and offered an elegant repertoire complete with soft and fresh notes, rich in “swing.” Coming up next in Mendizorroza in the sixth International Festival in Vitoria will be Brasilian artist Sergio Mendes and the Kenny Barron trio.