The Magic Hour will be in stores on March 9

Wynton’ new album, The Magic Hour, will hits stores March 9. The eight-song set follows his acclaimed 200-performer orchestral work, All Rise. Wynton is joined by pianist Eric Lewis, bassist Carlos Henriquez and drummer Ali Jackson, plus guest vocalists Dianne Reeves and Bobby McFerrin.

Marsalis says, “For kids, the magic hour is the one hour before they go to bed. For parents, it’s the one hour after the kids go to sleep”
Reeves sings on Feeling of Jazz, while McFerrin shows up on Baby, I Love You. Other songs include Free to be, the whimsical Big Fat Hen and Skipping, which evokes images of children playing.
The Magic Hour is Marsalis’ first album for Blue Note, run by jazz lover Bruce Lundvall, who was instrumental in Marsalis’ signing at Columbia, where he recorded for 20 years.

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