Palmetto Records is new label for LCJO with Wynton Marsalis
On January 11, 2005, Palmetto Records will release A Love Supreme, the label debut of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s renowned big band The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton (LCJO).
The LCJO will tour the United States, commencing on December 10th in Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C. and culminating with shows at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s new home, Frederick P. Rose Hall, in New York City on May 21, 2005 (dates attached).
Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the LCJO performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to works commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Billy Strayhorn, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Sy Oliver, Oliver Nelson and many others. Having recorded nine previous releases of original tunes and standards, LCJO chose a unique and very challenging path this time: interpreting a legendary recording by a legendary artist John Coltrane.
Recorded at the end of 1964 for Impulse!, Mr. Coltrane’s original A Love Supreme has been called one of the most important recordings of the 20th century.
Wynton explains: “A Love Supreme is, obviously, one of the most influential and revered of jazz recordings. Most of his innovations were not in what was written, but in how his band played. His greatest importance and influence came through the extraordinary improvising of a saxophonist, a pianist (McCoy Tyner), a bassist (Jimmy Garrison), and a drummer (Elvin Jones). Coltrane’s music was in his and his ensembles playing, and he could not have achieved what he did without musicians of any less originality and intensity than those in what is now called the classic John Coltrane Quartet.”.