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  • WYNTON MARSALIS: “From the Plantation to the Penitentiary”

    Posted on March 5th, 2007 in Review

    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’ Sharp Social Critiques Come with Cool Riffs

    Posted on March 4th, 2007 in Profiles & Interviews

    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

    As the most high-profile jazz artist and advocate of the past 25 years, Wynton Marsalis has become more widely quoted than any other jazz performer of his generation. Even so, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and trumpeter sounded shocked when recently asked about the distinctive drum sound on “Doin’ (Y)Our Thing,” a standout song on “From the Plantation to the Penitentiary,” his new album.

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  • Preview the new album: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

    Posted on February 20th, 2007 in Music, Video | 14

    Wynton’s new album, entitled: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary, will be in stores on March 6, 2007.

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  • Wynton talks about the new cd: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

    Posted on December 1st, 2006 in Profiles & Interviews | 1

    Wynton is recording in studio during these days. This is a text of an interview that he gave to Associated Press about his new CD:

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  • Marsalis hits the high notes in small-group show

    Posted on October 22nd, 2006 in Review

    “If I see something and you see something, it’s there,” explained trumpeter Wynton Marsalis Saturday, during his richly satisfying show at the Paramount Theatre. “And if it’s there, we’re both there, too. So there’s no ‘they.’ That’s why [this tune] is called ‘Find Me.’ “   Keep reading »