Wynton Marsalis Septet United We Sing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas Blue Engine Records Comprised of recordings across the years 2003 – 2007 this collection showcases the always-sublime Wynton Marsalis Septet in a range of song settings, from a lurching, soul-drenched blues-makeover of Lenny Kravitz’ Are You Gonna Go My Way (unlikely […]
I know I’ve written about live albums before – several times, and I always will, I love live albums! – but I thought I’d give you a list of the ten live albums that I consider the most important. That is to say important to me, these lists are a chance for me to remind […]
Welcome to episode 65 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and Le Petite Chocolat. This conversation is me chatting with the Artistic Director of the NZ Festival and Wellington Jazz Festival, Shelagh Magadza.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis MFC Saturday, March 12 Thursday’s Swing Symphony with the NZSO was impressive but it was really a curtain-raiser for this – the chance to see Wynton Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra do their thing, that being jazz – no strings attached, rather a deep, […]
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis and NZSO: Swing Symphony (Symphony No.3) MFC Thursday, March 10 In a long programme the first half featured our New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Matthew Coorey. The opening rendition of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Swing was polite, if lengthy. Lovely to hear the instruments, the […]
Wellington’s New Zealand Festival saw the launch of its 2016 line-up earlier tonight. Plenty of highlights, so be sure to check the link there for the details – Miranda July will perform a keynote that’s part-lecture/part-performance and will take the audience through her artist-career from struggling enthusiast to short-story writer, filmmaker and novelist. There’s events […]
Ambrose Akinmusire The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier To Paint Blue Note/Universal On his second album for Blue Note, talented trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire features his killer ensemble and heads skyward with lofty ideas and jazz-rooted ideals. It’s a huge workout, bursting, brimming, bustling with both beauty and ugliness – reflecting the world of today through […]
Wynton Marsalis, Black Codes (From The Underground) (1985) I never much cared for Wynton Marsalis – until I heard this album. Someone mentioned it to me, some jazzer. Suggested it was worth a listen. I gave it a hoon and loved it. Picked up the CD and started ordering a bunch of the “good” Marsalis stuff […]