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Fantastic stuff, thoroughly enjoyable!
on 19 September 2011
Being a huge fan for many many years of EC, I bought this automatically as I would any new release of his. I wasn't quite sure what to expect, not being overly familiar with Wynton Marsalis and his music (being far more of a blues fan than jazz although that may change!). I needn't have worried, the band is top notch as one would expect and all concerned clearly enjoyed the experience. I love hearing how EC always approaches old songs or reworkings of familiar ones and Layla doesn't disappoint. The rest of the show is mostly in the trad jazz vein and is a joy to listen to. He contributes some fine solos, all in his trademark style, mostly on a Gibson 335 for a change (being better suited for jazz than a strat). The package with the DVD is definitely the one to go for especially with it being a live performance plus you get a few snippets of interviews and rehearsal footage and a bonus solo performance of Stagger Lee from Taj Mahal.
An excellent addition to EC's catalogue and one I'll probably be replaying a lot more than last year's studio album.