domenica 9 ottobre 2011

Intervista Wynton Marsalis

Il sito dello Star Tribune ha pubblicato recentemente una intervista a Wynton Marsalis in occasione del suo 50° compleanno che sarà il prossimo 18 ottobre.

"This is a golden period for the band," Marsalis said. "The concert will be heavily weighted toward music I've written. We'll play a lot of my music, and music by guys in the band [plus] an eclectic mix of stuff I like -- Blue Note, Monk, Ellington."
Marsalis leads the orchestra but plays fourth trumpet, sitting in the back row with the rest of the trumpet section. He tried conducting but other members talked him out of it.
Asked to choose a few of his own recordings that are especially meaningful, he demurred at first. "It's not possible to do that. Like people say about their kids." But he settled on two: "All Rise" (2002) and "The Majesty of the Blues" (1988).
Recorded Sept. 13, 2001, two days after the terrorist attacks, "All Rise" was the "most difficult," he said. "There were no planes, no transportation, no reason not to cancel." Composed for chorus, symphony orchestra and jazz big band, it's a 106-minute monster in 12 movements, a nod to the 12-bar blues.
JLCO was in Los Angeles to perform and record with the L.A. Philharmonic and Esa-Pekka Salonen. "Our producers were being driven all over the country," Marsalis recalled. "Choirs came together from different coasts. Our road team drove from L.A. to Kansas City to pick people up. [Drummer] Herlin [Riley] was injured, so my little brother Jason came in, learned all the music, and played. A lot of people went out of their way to make it happen." For those who heard it live in Los Angeles, the music was cathartic.
To Marsalis, "The Majesty of the Blues" is about bringing the generations together.
"It's such a radical departure from how things are thought about in our culture. We're always saying, 'How can the next generation separate itself from the generation before?' That record -- really modern music, with Herlin playing all creative stuff, and the great Marcus Roberts -- doesn't sound like anything in the history of jazz. I was saying, 'We don't have to fight. We can get together.' That's what we do when we sit down at the table with our family."
In South Africa, Marsalis learned something about "The Majesty of the Blues" that surprised him. The second half of the album includes a lengthy sermon about jazz written by Stanley Crouch. Critics have claimed it ruins the record. "A lot of people in South Africa told me they love that sermon," Marsalis said. "They use it in their wedding ceremonies."

Continua a leggere l'intervista sul sito dello Star Tribune. 

Ecco uno straordinario estratto del concerto che il Wynton Marsalis Quintet (Jonathan Batiste, piano, Walter Blanding, sassofoni, Carlos Henriquez, basso, Ali Jackson, batteria e Wynton Marsalis, tromba) ha tenuto lo scorso 19 agosto al celebre locale londinese Ronnie's Scott.

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