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The Essential Wynton Marsalis

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Album Review

The Columbia Masterworks label released this double CD of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, playing mostly classical and chamber-oriented musics and proving that he certainly is adept at this art form. The Essential Wynton Marsalis is an effort to market the trumpeter to a different audience, as it contains very little swing or bop aside from bonus tracks at the end. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi

Biography

Born: 18 October 1961 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The most famous jazz musician since 1980, Wynton Marsalis had a major impact on jazz almost from the start. In the early '80s, it was major news that a young and very talented black musician would choose to make a living playing acoustic jazz rather than fusion, funk, or R&B. Marsalis' arrival on the scene started the "Young Lions" movement and resulted in major labels (most of whom had shown no interest in jazz during the previous decade) suddenly signing and promoting young players. There had...
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