''Change requires imagination, courage and dogged dedication. The momentum of folly always pushes us down the inevitable path of contention, calamity and chaos. I hope that the social and political corruption and turmoil of these times cast a light on the individual investment required to maintain a libertarian democracy. May the events of these times inspire us all to engage even more deeply in the rights and responsibilities we have as citizens.''
That's the takeaway from a new article by Wynton Marsalis titled ''Sloganize, Patronize, Realize, Revolutionize'' that features the great trumpeter-composer's thoughts on Black Lives Matters (pointedly parenthesised) and recent events in the US.
Wynton is promoting his new Blue Engine album The Democracy Suite that follows on from last year's excellent The Ever Fonky Lowdown and a fun Sesame Street-themed holiday period record. The Democracy album is to be released on Friday just days before Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th president of the US. Read Wynton's piece: here
Wynton Marsalis, top. Publicity shot