Hotter Than That – 2022
Wynton Marsalis Septet
Some hot New Orleans jazz from Marsalis’ small group
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Throughout his career, Wynton Marsalis has displayed plenty of flexibility in the music that he performs, ranging from adventurous new works to revivals of 1920s jazz.
With his septet (trombonist-singer Chris Crenshaw, clarinetist Victor Goines, pianist Sean Mason, banjoist Don Vappie, bassist Carlos Henriquez, and drummer Jason Marsalis), Marsalis performs a number originally recorded by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five (with guitarist Lonnie Johnson) in 1927.
The trumpeter plays a fresh solo in the tradition, Goines and Vappie have their spots, and Crenshaw sings a bit like Armstrong note-wise but without copying his voice.
The performance concludes with some spirited ensembles, played creatively within the foundations of early jazz.