It's been a long time since a Wynton Marsalis record really captured the imagination. Live at the House of Tribes to my mind was the last standout record by the great trumpeter and that was 15 years ago. The Ever Fonky Lowdown however has perhaps ended that long run of looking for a really significant record. Narrated by actor Wendell Pierce, amusing satirically wry commentary jostles with energised incisive big band-backed vocals and features the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with vocals from Camille Thurman, Ashley Pezzotti, Christie Dashiell, and Doug Wamble. Is America ready for the wit and knowingness of Wynton's very own Fables of Faubus?