Yes life offers up surprises in a must for latin-jazz and specifically salsa-swing fans the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis + singer, songwriter Rubén Blades with musical direction by the JALCO bassist Carlos Henriquez Una Noche con Rubén Blades (‘A Nightwith Rubén Blades’) has just been released. Bladian classics such as ‘Pedro Navaja’ – surprise in an edgy ‘Mack the Knife’ sense written into the rakish lyrics — that Rubén cooked up with salsa trombone deity Willie Colón famously on a hit Fania classic in the 1970s and ‘El Cantante’ making the cut on an unstoppable live set recorded in 2014. **** Out on Blue Engine
Knockabout satire and killer punches mock our Trumpian times in The Ever Fonky Low Down Pt 1
“I’m a seer and a mind freer. Cash is my middle name, but I’m called Mr. Game. It all happened just as I said.”
A knockabout satire, dark gamble of a truth or dare witty morality dilemma for our Trumpian times the libretto for Wynton Marsalis’s The Ever Fonky Lowdown Part 1 is certainly worth a place in your stack of bedtime reading.
Wynton’s new oratorio the libretto can be accessed via the link.
No recorded music so far beyond a live stream at the time of the premiere which took place earlier this month and featured the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Doug Wamble, Jazzmeia Horn, Brianna Thomas, Camille Thurman, Wendell Pierce, and the choreography of Jared Grimes.
The conscience of the nation is at stake as if, thank you Stealers Wheel, clowns to the left of me/Jokers to the right, here I am/stuck in the middle with you.