United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas

United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas

by Wynton MarsalisWynton Marsalis


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Wynton Marsalis' exuberant 2018 concert collection United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas brings together a handful of live performances the trumpeter gave on behalf of Jazz at Lincoln Center between 2003 and 2007. Recorded first at New York's Apollo Theater and later at JALC's Frederick P. Rose Hall, these previously unreleased gala performances featured Marsalis and his septet alongside a bevy of special guests, including such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, John Legend, and many more. Of course, all of the performances hinge upon the superb interplay between Marsalis' septet bandmates, including at various times drummer Herlin Riley, bassist Reginald Veal, pianist Dan Nimmer, saxophonist Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and clarinetist Victor Goines, to name just a few of the superb musicians on display here. What's particularly engaging about these gala performances is how successfully Marsalis is able to blend each guest artist's own distinctive style into his septet's swinging, traditional New Orleans jazz aesthetic. It's a sound that works best with guests like the legendary vocal gospel band Blind Boys of Alabama, whose "The Last Time" finds them matching Marsalis' roiling brass band energy with their own earthy, R&B-soaked tones. Similarly captivating is Ray Charles' greasy spotlight on "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town," in which his vibrant singing is dynamically accented by Marsalis' own rounded, bluesy, plunger-muted asides. Also surprisingly effective are collaborations with less jazz-oriented performers, like John Mayer's yearning, soulful rendition of his own "I'm Gonna Find Another You" and Broadway superstar Audra McDonald's leonine, show-stopping performance of Duke Ellington's "Creole Love Call." Even when Marsalis stretches a song far beyond its original conception, as with Lenny Kravitz's expansive, slow blues reading of "Are You Gonna Go My Way," the results work to bridge artistic connections rather than spotlight any differences. Ultimately, it's that generous artistic connectivity on display throughout United We Swing that makes it such a joyous experience.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2018
Label: Blue Engine Records
UPC: 0857509005124
catalogNumber: 11
Rank: 40221


  1. The Last Time
  2. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
  3. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town
  4. I'm Not Rough
  5. Creole Love Call
  6. Milk Cow Blues
  7. I'm Gonna Find Another You
  8. My Baby Don't Tolerate
  9. The Worst Thing
  10. Please Baby Don't
  11. Mean Old Man
  12. Are You Gonna Go My Way
  13. Fool's Paradise
  14. Empty Bed Blues
  15. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
  16. What Have You Done?

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wynton Marsalis   Primary Artist,Trumpet
Willie Nelson   Guitar,Vocals
Clarence Fountain   Vocals
Jimmy Buffett   Vocals
Ray Charles   Keyboards,Vocals
Bob Dylan   Harmonica,Vocals
Lenny Kravitz   Guitar,Vocals
Lyle Lovett   Guitar,Vocals
James Taylor   Vocals
Carrie Smith   Vocals
Ralph MacDonald   Conga
Herlin Riley   Drums,Vocals
Reginald Veal   Bass
Bobby Butler   Vocals
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals
Richard DeRosa   Piano
Victor Goines   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Wycliffe Gordon   Piano,Trombone,Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Robert Greenidge   Steel Drums
Richard Johnson   Piano
Mac McAnally   Guitar
Natalie Merchant   Vocals
Craig Ross   Guitar
Ron Westray   Trombone
Audra McDonald   Vocals
Eric Lewis   Piano
Carlos Henríquez   Bass
Doug Wamble   Guitar,Vocals
John Legend   Piano,Vocals
Joey Williams   Vocals
Dan Nimmer   Piano
Eric "Ricky" McKinnie   Vocals
Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Jimmy Carter   Vocals
Jon Batiste   Piano
Fab Dupont   Alto Saxophone
John Meyer   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Lenny Kravitz   Composer
Lyle Lovett   Composer
James Taylor   Composer
Johnny Fuller   Composer
Casey Bill Weldon   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Richard DeRosa   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Wycliffe Gordon   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
James C. Johnson   Composer
Wynton Marsalis   Arranger,Executive Producer
Natalie Merchant   Composer
Craig Ross   Composer
David Berger   Arranger
David Hewill   Engineer
Andy Farber   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
David Robinson   Engineer
Robert Goddins   Composer
David Avid   Composer
Aaron Bisman   Producer
Gabrielle Armand   Producer
Lil Hardin Armstrong   Composer
Ashley Schiff Ramos   Liner Notes
John Meyer   Composer
John Roger Stephens   Composer
Paul Rogers   Illustrations,Cover Art
Richard Carroll Lamb   Composer
William Taylor   Composer
Jake Cohen   Producer
Brian Welesko   Art Direction

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