Two Men With The Blues - Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis CD
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Digital Booklet: Two Men With The Blues
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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.
Bright Lights Big City
Basin Street Blues
Georgia On My Mind
Rainy Day Blues
My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
Ain't Nobody's Business
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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
THE TRUMPET WITH WYNTON IZ OF THE HIGHEST ORDER - THE HIGHEST, IF YOU CANT
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AND WORTH 3X THE PRICE / BUY NOW----TRADE WITH CONFIDENCE...............JASON MARK . Xpert
Listen out as well for Mickey Raphael's harp playing - top drawer
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Music played with real affection by "old timers" with a lifetime of experience. This is an album not to be missed.Published on 28 Nov. 2013 by Hoggyvillage
my wife is a fan of Willie Nelson.
I'm a fan of Wynton Marsalis.
So finally managed to buy a CD that we both enjoy!!!
A fabulous vinyl with a perfect harmony between country blues and jazz. A delightful experience for our ears. I recomendPublished on 10 April 2013 by Reginaldo Schiavini