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Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Two Men With The Blues

Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis: Two Men With The Blues
Mp3 @ 192kbs
# Original Release Date: July 8, 2008
# Label: Blue Note Records
# ASIN: B0016NF06O

Two giants of very different musical genres here combine in a fascinating work!

This Blue Note release documents the boys’ special performances on January 12 and 13, 2007 at Jazz at the Lincoln Center, where they tackle some classic blues and jazz numbers.

The collaboration apparently came about when Natalie Cole had to cancel a series of shows with Wynton’s band at the last minute and somehow Willie stepped into the breach.

An album for real fans of music! Willie meets N’yorlans!

No, Willie doesn’t try to pay the trumpet! Neither does Wynton start crooning “You were always on my mind”!

Here’s some info on the project;

NowThe event was simply billed as “Willie Nelson Sings the Blues,” but the historic two-night stand on January 12 and 13, 2007 at Jazz at Lincoln Center was far more than that. Call it a summit meeting between two American icons, Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis, two of the most significant figures in modern-day country and jazz, who discovered common ground in their love for jazz standards and the blues.

Their performance stirred the sounds of New Orleans, Nashville, Austin and New York City into a brilliantly programmed mix that was equal parts down-home and cosmopolitan, with plenty of swing and just a touch of melancholy.

To say that these shows were a hot ticket would be an understatement!

Luckily, the tapes were rolling and the results of this unique collaboration now constitute the Blue Note album Two Men With The Blues for everyone who couldn’t cram into The Allen Room. Featuring great playing from one of the hottest bands around these classic tracks are given new life by the extraordinary dual talents of Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis.

At a time when most people are thinking of retirement, Willie has never been busier. His profile has been high in recent weeks with his various career retrospective releases and sold out tour and this album can rightly stake it’s place alongside anything else he has done.

Wynton rarely sounds so relaxed and both of these musical giants are clearly having the time of their lives together on these new interpretations of some of the greatest songs of the 20th century.

A video excerpt from the show of Willie and Wynton playing a live version of the Hogey Charmichael classic Stardust.

Everyone knew that this summit of master musicians would be special. The session was recently broadcast on National Public Radio’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, and as we already have an Amazon video excerpt of the event, we can expect to see the entire meeting on PBS, with DVD as pledge gift.

The CD, however, has had the opportunity for further electronic mixing and improvements by Delfeayo Marsalis and Jeff Jones.

So what can we say about the quality of the music and the personalities? How many superlatives are there? But you first must be a Willie Nelson fan and you must be a jazz enthusiast who honors Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Jazz folk for their precision and urban sophisticated development of New Orleans roots.

Thus if you are among that very large number of music lovers, you must own this recording. Even the insert notes and photos are nicely done.

As for the selections, we have Nelson’s own oft recorded theme song, Georgia on My Mind, and we also have Stardust, which was included in the album of the same title that demonstrated that Nelson was more than a country singer; indeed that album is his all-time best seller. I, however, enjoyed Rainy Day Blues and the other tunes that follow, which are what the album is supposed to be about: the blues.

This album is simply fun. You will love it.

Dr. Debra Jan Bibel “World Music Explorer”

1. Bright Lights Big City
2. Night Life
3. Caldonia
4. Stardust
5. Basin Street Blues
6. Georgia On My Mind
7. Rainy Day Blues
8. My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It
9. Ain’t Nobody’s Business
10. That’s All

Here’s free willie!

Big thanks to chopper

July 20, 2008 Posted by | Music_Blues, Music_Country, Music_Jazz, Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

Wynton Marsalis – Wynton Marsalis Mastersound Original Master Recording Gold CD – Wave and 320k.

Wynton Marsalis – Wynton Marsalis Mastersound Original Master Recording Gold CD
Wave / Mp3 @320k.

Wynton Marsalis’s 1982 debut was recorded before the trumpeter had reached his 20th birthday and when he was still a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. In many ways it was a pivotal event for jazz in the ’80s, as Marsalis became the central figure in a return to the acoustic styles of the late ’50s and ’60s and the model for all the young lions to come.

While there are elements of Miles Davis in Marsalis’s style, the strongest parallels are with Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, the pyrotechnic trumpeters who arrived at about the same age in the late ’50s and who first made their talents known in Blakey’s group. Even with a Harmon mute, on Ron Carter’s “RJ,” Marsalis suggests Hubbard’s precise articulation. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis recalls Wayne Shorter’s pre-fusion style, and Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams, featured on four tracks, pick up where they’d left off with Miles Davis and on numerous Blue Note dates.

The music is taut, thoughtful, and filled with youthful bravado, but more fascinating still is how a leading-edge style of the ’60s succumbed to fusion in the ’70s only to return as a full-blown conservative movement in the next decade.

This, the debut album of perhaps the most influential jazz musician in the world, was recorded in 1982, when he was but nineteen years old. It features three of his own original compositions, as well as those of band-members Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass) and Tony Williams (drums). They, along with his brother Branford Marsalis (tenor sax) form an unbelievably tight group that plays with deadly precision and a musical maturity that transcends interpretation. The compositions are startingly creative, many with reflective or enigmatic undertones.

The improvisations are handled masterfully; this was perhaps the first group since the sixties to really take group improvisation seriously. The players perform as a group unit, using each other’s ideas in their own solos to give the music continuity.

The rhythm section is especially precise, masterfully handling the complex counterpoint that jazz musicians have come to expect from Marsalis compositions. There is an unbelievable raphor between the Marsalis brothers who, having played together for so many years, seem to feed off of one another.

Their technical virtuosity, even at such young ages, is so amazing and effortless that this listener often forgets just how difficult the passages are. The most impressive track on the CD is the beautiful ballad “Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me).” Here, Marsalis showcases his amazing Miles Davis-like ability to breathe exciting life into the most simple phrases, milking every note for all its emotional worth and directly addressing the ambiguity of human life.

All in all, the album brings the magnificent phenomenon of swing back to life. In an era of funk rhythms and hard rock, Marsalis dared to be sophisticated, tasteful, and skillful, and this is the perfect way to start or augment any jazz collection. As Marsalis himself would say, “It was swinging. It started off swinging, it kept on swinging, and those who heard it will remember it.”

– Appropriated reviews.


1. Father Time
2. I’ll Be There When The Time Comes
3. RJ
4. Hesitation
5. Sister Cheryl
6. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
7. Twilight

No Passwords. No Compression.

Big thanks to the original poster

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June 16, 2008 Posted by | Music_Jazz, Wynton Marsalis, _MUSIC | Leave a comment