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Two Men With The Blues - Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis CD

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  • Audio CD (7 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0016NF06O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,152 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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What a combination! The jazz trumpeter from New Orleans, sharing the stage with the Senior ambassador of Country Music! Unbelievable, but it works, and it works so well. A pure fun record, sool jazz, cool vocals, and wild trumpet soloing. Exciting. WILLIE NELSON gtr/voc, WYNTON MARSALIS trumpet/voc, WALTER BLANDING sax, MICKEY RAPHAEL hca, DAN NIMMER pno, CARLOS HENRIQUEZ upright bass, ALI JACKSON drums.

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Bright Lights Big City
Night Life
Caldonia
Stardust
Basin Street Blues
Georgia On My Mind
Rainy Day Blues
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
Ain't Nobody's Business
That's All

BBC Review

Let's cut to the chase: this is phenomenal music made to seem all the more astonishing for being delivered with such consummate ease that it sounds almost casually thrown off.

In early 2007 two of contemporary American music's greatest icons, jazz trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis and country music legend Willie Nelson, teamed up for a couple of unforgettable nights at New York's Lincoln Center.

The souvenir from those evenings proves to be one of those rare recordings that leaves you simultaneously exhilarated at having eavesdropped on two magnificent musicians working in perfect harmony, and devastated at not having been there in person.

Two Men With The Blues may well be one of the greatest live albums ever made. It crowns Nelson as one of the most charismatic performers of his generation and underlines the incredible virtuosity of Marsalis in a value-for-money collection of classic Blues standards.

The pair are backed by a crack five-piece band firing on all cylinders - saxophonist Walter Blanding, pianist Dan Nimmer, bass man Carlos Henriquez, harmonica player Mickey Raphael and Ali Jackson on drums. The frankly unlikely partnership between the grizzled-looking but never better sounding Nelson and the clean cut and urbane Marsalis sizzles from the start to surprise and offer up dazzling delights on virtually every phrase, every solo, every duet, every moment of ensemble.

Opening with a swaggeringly sure-footed Bright Lights, Big City, it segues into a heady, hard-core blues-ballad rendition of Night Life, itself topped by a blazing be-bop take on Caldonia. Nelson and Marsalis step nimbly in and out of the centre spot with an unerring sense of what is musically right.

Nelson's vocals on Stardust are a touch brighter than Hoagy Carmichael may have intended but the effect is leavened by a smokey, gently twisting trumpet line full of yearning beauty courtesy of Marsalis. Another Nelson standard, Georgia On My Mind, has a sweet, subdued but compelling intimacy and could legitimately lay claim to the title of ultimate standout track on an album of standout tracks.

Elsewhere, fun is to be had with a rollicking Rainy Day Blues, the drunkenly swaying, New Orleans-tinged My Bucket's Got A Hole In It, and polished session-closer That's All.

On paper it probably shouldn't have worked. But on disc it does - and how! --Michael Quinn

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Just to chip in with an alternative view of this album to the previous two reviews. It would appear that Willie Nelson fans are not too impressed with this recording. Perhaps they do not appreciate the fine jazz being played here. In my opinion this is a superb record, lovers of Hoagy Carmichael will certainly enjoy it. Relaxed, with top class musicians including of course the finest living jazz trumpeter in the world today. If your musical taste is limited to simple folk blues, avoid it. If however you want to add some fine laid back jazz to your collection with some gentle singing from Nelson don't be put off.
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I bet this was a fantastic live show - shame it sounds so flat on the CD!

Unlike the other reviewer I came to this recording as a fan of Willie Nelson. I think Willie sounds pretty good on the whole - I just wish there was a bit more of him! His regular harmonica buddy, Mickey Raphael, is the real star of the show for me - his soloes shine above everyone else!

The first two tracks, "Bright Lights, Big City", and Willie's own "Night Life", are the highlights for me. The lowest points being the two tracks associated with Hank Williams ("My Bucket's Got a Hole in It" and "Nobody's Business"), which, for me, don't seem to work in this jazz setting.

All in all, it's not a terrible album but certainly not one that will much play from me!
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I was put off buying this by poor reviews. But having just purchased it now it's cheap I have to admit it's a good disc. I am struggling to understand the critics who claim this sounds flat. In my car I enjoy it as a good sing along, at home on my hi fi it really turns into a bit of a tour de force of consummate jazz blues. I can understand Willie Dixon fans being a bit taken aback this is him singing live blues when he is getting on a bit, but as a talking blues artist he has to be viewed as a bit of a star. Wynton's band are absolutely immaculate in their playing, and as there is no way you could play free jazz etc here how could they be criticized ! This disc puts me in mind of the excellent skiffle disc that I have by Van Morrison , it reminds you of where what we listen to came from and reminds you of how even relatively simple music forms when played by consummate musicians are awesome.
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THIS IS OLD MATERIAL GIVEN A FRESH SPIN FOR A NEW GENERATION- WILLIE GOOD BUT
THE TRUMPET WITH WYNTON IZ OF THE HIGHEST ORDER - THE HIGHEST, IF YOU CANT
GET ON THIS EASY BLUES - RING THE DOCTOR - BKOZ THIS IZ EASY & CLEAN AND SMOOTH
AND WORTH 3X THE PRICE / BUY NOW----TRADE WITH CONFIDENCE...............JASON MARK . Xpert
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Marsalis and Nelson - not the obvious partnership but it works. Marsalis and his band display the relaxed competence of seasoned professionals and carry the album - Nelson is, well Nelson. His voice has always seemed to me to be more a frog than a nightingale and at times it is stretched beyond its comfort zones on this album but the phrasing and heart are all there. Some tracks work better than others but the live feel of the recording shines through and gives it a warmth.
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What a superb rendition of the blues - Marsalis manages this beautifully, effortlessly avoiding repetition. Loved his arrangement of the songs - especially Georgia". Willie Nelson's whispery vocals and deft acoustic guitar solos are a great contrast to the band's energetic playing.

Listen out as well for Mickey Raphael's harp playing - top drawer
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This has to be the best £12 I have spent in a long time. Marsalis' trumpet playing sublime, whilst Nelsons' guitar playing (he's not the best guitarist in the world) adds a rustic touch. All in all a cracking album.
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Purchased for my mum who loves this cd, so much so she asked me to by another to give to her friend who is also a fan
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