Wynton Marsalis Quintet Releases New Live Recording Featuring Richard Galliano
Those fans who gathered in large numbers under Marciac’s great jazz tent in France last summer came to hear celebrated trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the much-loved accordionist Richard Galliano unveil their collaboration on the music of Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Recorded live at the 2008 Marciac Jazz Festival, the music was contemporary yet timeless, with each song exploring the travails of living.
This album, From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf – Live in Marciac, is perhaps best described as the fusion of two passions rather than simply a meeting of great talent.
The result is a concert consisting of: A La Foule, Padam…Padam, L’Homme à la moto, along with Them There Eyes, Sailboat in the Moonlight, What a Little Moonlight Can Do and Billie, composed by Richard Galliano.
Three of the highlights of the evening are a poignant Strange Fruit, which is, without a doubt, the best instrumental version ever played followed by a truly inspired La Vie en Rose. These alone make the album a must have.
The seemingly effortless arrangements performed by the dynamic Wynton Marsalis Quintet are pushed further by its members, each an accomplished soloist in his own right. Joining Wynton in his group are Walter Blanding on the tenor saxophone, pianist Dan Nimmer, bassist Carlos Henriquez and Ali Jackson on the drums.
The excellence of the two leaders demonstrates the struggle towards an elusive virtue among limitless musical paths, proving there is no single destination in the genre, just a fleeting and happily shared experience of two great minds. Each in his own milieu, their unified experience is magically captured on this recording.
The Wynton Marsalis Quintet & Richard Galliano
From Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf – Live in Marciac
Recorded August 2008 in Marciac, France