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  • WYNTON MARSALIS: “From the Plantation to the Penitentiary”

    Posted on March 5th, 2007 in Review | 0

    From his landmark album “Black Codes (From the Underground)” through his Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio “Blood on the Fields,” the trumpeter Wynton Marsalis has always found avenues for social critique. But his new quintet album delivers a fresh jolt to the system, by blowing apart the refuge of allegory. Oh, and he raps. But we’ll get to that.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis blasts political and societal inequities

    Posted on March 4th, 2007 in Review | 0

    For those who think of Wynton Marsalis as a purveyor of gauzy romantic ballads and composer of epic symphonic works, the trumpeter has a surprise in store. “From the Plantation to the Penitentiary,” to be released Tuesday on Blue Note Records, ranks as Marsalis’ most explicitly political statement to date, even as it draws on themes from earlier recordings.   Keep reading »

  • Video: Wynton explains From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

    Posted on March 3rd, 2007 in Blue Note, Video | 2

    In this segmented video from Blue Note, Wynton Marsalis speaks about his new album: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary. Please click on the play button of the controller to start the streaming video (Quicktime required) Segment 1 Segment 2 Segment 3 Segment 4 Segment 5 Segment 6   Keep reading »

  • Shock of the new

    Posted on March 2nd, 2007 in Profiles & Interviews | 4

    Wynton Marsalis is 10 minutes into an angry denunciation of hip-hop and he’s just hitting his stride. “I call it ‘ghetto minstrelsy’,” he says. “Old school minstrels used to say they were ‘real darkies from the real plantation’. Hip-hop substitutes the plantation for the streets. Now you have to say that you’re from the streets, you shot some brothers, you went to jail. Rappers have to display the correct pathology. Rap has become a safari for people who get their thrills from watching African-American people debase themselves, men dressing in gold, calling themselves stupid names like Ludacris or 50 Cent, spending money on expensive fluff, using language like ‘bitch’ and ‘ho’ and ‘nigger’.”   Keep reading »

  • Video: Wynton playing Where Y’all At, live at Abbey Road Studios

    Posted on March 1st, 2007 in Blue Note, CD, Video | 16

    Where Y’all At is one of the seven tracks of the new album entitled: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary. It will be in stores from March 6. Now you can see the live performance of this beautiful songs, as recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Wynton recorded them in London on August 4, 2006. Enjoy the music and Wynton singing ! (download   Keep reading »

  • The Crimson: “From The Plantation To The Penitentiary”

    Posted on March 1st, 2007 in Review | 0

    “I ain’t your bitch, I ain’t your ho,” cries out vocalist Jennifer Sanon in a style reminiscent of Billie Holliday. The sentiment defines “Love and Broken Hearts,” an attack on hip-hop culture from trumpeter Wynton Marsalis’ new release, “From the Plantation to the Penitentiary.” Sanon grieves the decline of the love song and the rise of “modern day minstrels” with “songless tunes,” who emphasize sex over romance.   Keep reading »

  • Preview the new album: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

    Posted on February 20th, 2007 in Blue Note, CD, MP3 sample, Video | 14

    On Blue Note web site is now available a preview of Wynton’s new album: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary. Is it possible to preview the complete tracks and see a video interview with Wynton about the CD. You can also pre-order the new album on Amazon.com. It will be in stores on March 6, 2007 Track Listing: 1) From The Plantation to the Penitentiary 2) Find Me 3) Doin’ Our Thing 4) Love And Broken Hearts 5) Super Capitalism 6) These Are Those Soulful Days 7) Where Y’All At?   Keep reading »

  • “Where Y’all At” is available as single on Japanese iTunes Store

    Posted on February 12th, 2007 in Blue Note, CD, iTunes | 1

    The single version of Where Y’all At is now available as single buy download from the Japanese iTunes Store (open a link directly on iTunes). Where Y’all At? is the last song from Wynton’s new album entitled: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary   Keep reading »

  • Pre-order the new CD: From the plantation to the Penitentiary

    Posted on February 10th, 2007 in CD | 0

    Wynton’s new album, entitled: “From the plantation to the Penitentiary”:http://wyntonmarsalis.org/discography/title/from-the-plantation-to-the-penitentiary, will be released on March 6, 2007. It is now available for pre-order on Amazon.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton speaks about the new cd: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

    Posted on December 1st, 2006 in Blue Note, CD, Interview | 1

    Wynton is recording in studio during these days. This is a text of an interview that he gave to Associated Press about his new CD: On Wynton Marsalis’ upcoming CD, he criticizes political leadership in America, cultural corruption, and sex and violence in rap, and that’s just on one song. “I don’t speak from outside, I’m not finger-pointing. I’m a part of it, I’m speaking from inside of our culture,” Marsalis said. “We’re not taking a moralistic view. It’s not, ‘Let me tell y’all how I’m different from you.’ It’s…   Keep reading »