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Announcing the Release of JAZZ AND ART by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performing original compositions inspired by modern master artists

In past concerts that have been described by the New York Times as being “soulful,” “evocative,” and “playing directly to the band’s strengths,” the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performed original compositions inspired by masters of modern art including Romare Bearden, Stuart Davis, Sam Gilliam, Winslow Homer, Wifredo Lam, Norman Lewis and Piet Mondrian. On August 2, 2019, Blue Engine Records will release the studio recordings of these charts on a new album entitled Jazz and Art.

Jazz and Art will be released on all digital platforms on August 2nd, 2019.

GRAMMY Award-winner and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Ted Nash says, “Music and paintings share so many characteristics; textures, colors, layers, line, form, shape. No wonder they are such agreeable collaborators. When these two art forms come together, they create a new medium. In February 2010, the audience in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater got to experience that transcendent combination when seven imaginative composers presented new works accompanied by projections of the paintings that inspired their creations.”

Jazz and Art displays impressive musicianship and a range of musical styles, from modern jazz to gospel, American pastoral music, Afro-Cuban, spirituals, New Orleans, Indian chants, avant garde, and beyond. The compositions were inspired by works of art from beloved museums such as The Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

TRACK LISTING

  1. Stuart Davis for the Masses: The Mellow Pad
    For Stuart Davis
    Written & Arranged by Doug Wamble
    Solo: Vincent Gardner (trombone)
  2. Stuart Davis for the Masses: Garage Lights
    For Stuart Davis
    Written & Arranged by Doug Wamble
    Solo: Marcus Printup (trumpet), Sherman Irby (alto saxophone)
  3. Stuart Davis for the Masses: New York
    For Stuart Davis
    Written & Arranged by Doug Wamble
    Solo: Dan Nimmer (piano)
  4. Blue Twirl
    For Sam Gilliam
    Written & Arranged by Vincent Gardner
    Solo: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Ted Nash (alto saxophone), Elliot Mason (trombone)
  5. Bearden (The Block)
    For Romare Bearden
    Written & Arranged by Chris Crenshaw
    Solo: Dan Nimmer (piano), Victor Goines (tenor saxophone)
  6. Air, Earth, Fire, Water (Orisha Medley)
    For Wifredo Lam
    Written & Arranged by Papo Vasquez
    Solo: Papo Vazquez (trombone), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)
  7. Winslow Homer: Homer’s Waltz
    For Winslow Homer
    Written by Bill Frisell
    Arranged by Andy Farber
    Solo: Walter Blanding (tenor saxophone)
  8. Winslow Homer: Homer’s Blues
    For Winslow Homer
    Written by Bill Frisell
    Arranged by Andy Farber
    Solo: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Walter Blanding (tenor saxophone), Dan Nimmer (piano)
  9. The Repose in All Things
    For Piet Mondrian
    Written & Arranged by Tim Armacost
    Solo: Sherman Irby (alto saxophone), Ryan Kisor (trumpet)
  10. Twilight Sounds
    For Norman Lewis
    Written & Arranged by Sherman Irby
    Solo: Victor Goines (bass clarinet), Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)

Personnel:

THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS

REEDS
Sherman Irby (alto saxophone, clarinet, and flute)
Ted Nash (alto saxophone, clarinet, and flute)
Victor Goines (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, and clarinet)
Walter Blanding (tenor saxophone)
Joe Temperley (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet)

TRUMPETS
Ryan Kisor
Marcus Printup
Kenny Rampton
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet and vocals

TROMBONES
Vincent Gardner
Chris Crenshaw
Elliot Mason

RHYTHM SECTION
Dan Nimmer, piano
Carlos Henriquez, bass
Ali Jackson, drums and tambourine

SPECIAL GUESTS:
Papo Vazquez, trombone
Iwao Sado, Batá drums
Xavier Rivera, Batá drums
Anthony Carrillo, Batá drums

About Blue Engine Records
Blue Engine Records, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s platform that makes its vast archive of recorded concerts available to jazz audiences everywhere, launched on June 30, 2015. Blue Engine Records releases new studio and live recordings as well as archival recordings from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s performance history that date back to 1987 and are part of the R. Theodore Ammon Archives and Music Library. Since the institution’s founding in 1987, each year’s programming is conceived and developed by Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis with a vision toward building a comprehensive library of iconic and wide-ranging compositions that, taken together, make up a canon of music. These archives include accurate, complete charts for the compositions – both old and new – performed each season. Coupled with consistently well-executed and recorded music performed by Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, this archive has grown to include thousands of songs from hundreds of concert dates. The launch of Blue Engine is aligned with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s efforts to cultivate existing jazz fans worldwide and turn new audiences on to jazz. For more information on Blue Engine Records, visit blueenginerecords.org

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