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One of the best of the recent Marsalis output,
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These days I rarely buy a new Wynton Marsalis disc when it first comes out, but wait a bit and when the price starts to drop snap them up. Most of what he produces I admire but never really warm to with the sort of enthusiasm that I used to show to the likes of Miles, or Wayne Shorter. I have just got this as the price seemed too good to miss. I am more than just surprised this is a really good disc, with a great recording, of a wide variety of styles, with content that has real appeal. The most striking thing is the ease with which the band plays the many varied styles with such assurance and style. Wynton Marsalis gets criticism for his conservatism, on this disc he includes many styles of jazz, from New Orleans up to the Elvin Jones style of driving jazz, all are handled with great technical and emotional ability, proving he is far from being just a high school trumpet player with great technique. If he chooses to ignore free jazz and fusion surely that is up to him, the styles he does support just because they predate those styles are still capable of further exploitation and the delivery of great music. The use of the poem and then the instrumental sections works really well, it feels natural and not just some artistic device. Overall I think this is an album with an awful lot to say, and it says that with style, swing, emotion and warmth, far more than some large box set of piano noodlings that others would have you believe is where jazz should be today.