Wynton Marsalis has been coming to Symphony Hall for 20 years, he told his audience there early on last night, and “it’s always a pleasure.” This time he arrived looking the elder statesman at 42, and touring with his quartet in support of their new Blue Note CD, “The Magic Hour,” an album more fun and accessible than those immediately preceding it. Keep reading »
Before he’d finished high school, Wynton Marsalis was already a legend in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.Keep reading »
In the years since, he’s become internationally known, leading the New York-based Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and releasing more than 25 albums. His 1997 work, “Blood on the Fields,” won the Pulitzer Prize.
In all outward signs, Wynton Marsalis’s new album, “The Magic Hour,” represents a change in his career. It’s on a new label: last year, Mr. Marsalis signed with Blue Note after more than 20 years and 30 jazz records with Columbia/Sony. It also presents a new band, at least new to most listeners, who are used to the septet he has played with for more than a decade. But most strikingly, it is a statement about simplicity, a virtue that has often escaped him. Keep reading »