Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues - Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center CD+DVD
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Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton are two of the finest musicians of their generation. They joined forces for the first time on Play The Blues - Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center. Over the years, many greats have graced the stage at Lincoln Center but none as luminous as the combined talents of Wynton and Eric. This special version of the album that ensued includes a DVD of the show, with bonus track.
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An excellent addition to EC's catalogue and one I'll probably be replaying a lot more than last year's studio album.
The album is based on the sound of New Orleans Jazz but Eric does have an influential input and I wasn't disappointed with his solo's. I was going to give this a four star rating but the band and sound quality is outstanding and I think it deserves five stars. Could this be a warm up to Eric bringing out a Rhythm and Blues solo album I hope so. Get it and I don't think you will be disapponted.
So, Clapton and Marsalis held a series of concerts at New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center in April of 2011, the guitarist selecting the songs (apart from "Layla", performed upon the request of bassist Carlos Henriquez), the trumpeter picking the band and working up the arrangements, using King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band as his template yet finding room for piano and, of course, guitar.
Clapton's choice of songs leans heavily toward the '20s -- so much so that the dip into postwar electric blues via Howlin' Wolf's "Forty Four" feels a bit of a shock -- and the arrangements are faithful to classic New Orleans jazz yet loose, never quite hidebound to tradition and finding plenty of space for every one of the players to roam; Clapton and Marsalis surely solo plenty, but so do trombonist Chris Crenshaw, clarinetist Victor Goines, and pianist Dan Nimmer.
There's not much ego on display -- even the inclusion of "Layla" doesn't feel forced, thanks to Marsalis' inventive New Orleans funeral arrangement of this overly familiar tune -- but the joy is palpable and the chemistry natural.
Compared to Wynton's duet albums with Willie Nelson, this is both more traditional and riskier, and compared to Clapton's latter-day duets with B.B. King and J.J. Cale, this finds the guitarist none too deferential.
These are consummate musicians united by playing music they love, and their passion resonates so strongly it's hard not to enjoy Clapton and Marsalis playing the blues. S. T. Erlewine
Best tracks: "Ice Cream", "Careless Love", "Layla", "Corrine, Corrina".
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