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  • Wynton Marsalis Quintet at Blues Alley

    Posted on January 26th, 1983 in Review

    As Wynton Marsalis no doubt knows, nothing is potentially more dangerous in the arts than early critical acclaim. Last year the young trumpeter skyrocketed from the ranks of promising newcomers to become the recipient of several prestigious jazz awards. Now he’s faced with the challenge of living up to those honors and the ensuing publicity.   Keep reading »

  • Modern New Orleans

    Posted on August 23rd, 1982 in Review

    At the Public Theater’s New Orleans-New York jazz concerts on Friday and Saturday, the wind players strolled onto the stage to begin solos, offstage to end them. It was a subtle but direct reminder of the connection between this sextet and the marches and street parades that lend so much New Orleans music its syncopated strut - a tradition that came through the modern harmonies of the sextet’s compositions.   Keep reading »

  • Wynton Marsalis supreme on first disc

    Posted on December 29th, 1981 in Review

    It’s been almost two decades since anyone has electrified the inner circle of the jazz world as much as a young trumpet player from New Orleans named Wynton Marsalis. And a lot of fans are hoping that his prodigious talent can help lift the music ∆°ut of its current depressed state.   Keep reading »

  • Jazz tonight, pop tomorrow.

    Posted on June 30th, 1981 in Review

    The next installment of Herbie Hancock’s multifaceted recording career will be “Magic Windows,” an album due in September that will be, he said before last night’s show at Berklee Performance Center, a foray into “pop and rhythm and blues.”   Keep reading »