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  • 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 »

  • Marsalis’ Sharp Social Critiques Come with Cool Riffs

    Posted on March 4th, 2007 in Profiles & Interviews | 0

    Every decade or so, says jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, he likes to set his social views to music. The last time around, it was Blood on the Fields, which won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize in music, a first for a jazz composition. Marsalis is playing the role of provocateur again with his latest CD, From the Plantation to the Penitentiary. The songs criticize hip-hop culture, what he sees as a lack of strong black leadership, and an abundance of “gimme-that” materialism. In New York, Marsalis directs the Jazz at Lincoln Center program. From his apartment just up the street, he talks to Michele Norris about his newest release, why lyrics rather than the trumpet take center stage, and what his teenage son thinks about some of the songs.   Keep reading »

  • Marsalis wields sharp blade in ‘Plantation’

    Posted on March 4th, 2007 in Review | 12

    http://legacy.utsandiego.com/news/features/20070304-9999-1a04wynton.html   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 »

  • The Wynton Marsalis Quintet: live from Abbey Road Studios

    Posted on March 1st, 2007 in Video | 16

    On August 4, 2006, Wynton was in London with his quintet to record the show entitled “Live from Abbey Road”. Check out a video from the performance:   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 Music, Video | 14

    Wynton’s new album, entitled: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary, will be in stores on March 6, 2007.   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 »

  • Just a Couple of Guys Dressed in the Blues

    Posted on January 15th, 2007 in Review | 8

    Willie Nelson was halfway through a flinty and casually gripping guitar solo on “Rainy Day Blues” when everything clicked into place. It was his fifth song at the Allen Room on Friday night, and the bright young rhythm section onstage was finally locking in. At Mr. Nelson’s right elbow Wynton Marsalis shot the saxophonist Walter Blanding Jr. a knowing glance, one eyebrow appreciatively raised. After a somewhat tentative start, the concert hit its groove.   Keep reading »

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

    Posted on December 1st, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 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:   Keep reading »