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  • Download the digital booklet and lyrics of album: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

    Posted on March 13th, 2007 in Music | 1

    Now you can download for free the digital booklet (PDF file - 1.4 mb) of the new album: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary.   Keep reading »

  • Video: Wynton playing at CBS Early Show

    Posted on March 12th, 2007 in TV show | 4

    On Saturday, March 10, Wynton was at CBS Studios to play some tracks from his new album: “From the Plantation to the Penitentiary”:http://wyntonmarsalis.org/discography/title/from-the-plantation-to-the-penitentiary The Quintet played the tune “Supercapitalism” with Jennifer Sanon (voice), Walter Blanding Jr. (tenor sax), Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums).   Keep reading »

  • Wynton on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

    Posted on March 8th, 2007 in Video | 4

    Last night, Wynton was on “The Daily Show”:http://thedailyshow.com to speak with Jon Stewart about Jazz music and his new album: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary.   Keep reading »

  • From the Plantation to the Penitentiary is in stores now !

    Posted on March 6th, 2007 in Music | 3

    From the Plantation to the Penitentiary, Wynton’s new album for Blue Note, is now in stores.   Keep reading »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »