A week or two ago I heard a story on NPR about the latest record from Wynton Marsalis called From The Plantation To The Penitentiary and knew I had to go out and get it. Musically speaking, it is an invigorating listen that touches a myriad of jazz styles including the trumpeter’s New Orleans soul sound.
The message of the record is (however) equally (if not more) important. Marsalis criticizes public schools, hip-hop culture, government, greed and materialism, prisons, and both the physical and mental bondage of slavery. According to Marsalis, jazz music is a music of change and it’s a music of engagement of both the intellect and the soul. Well, on From The Plantation To The Penitentiary, Wynton Marsalis is calling for changes and has (in the process) made what is easily one of the best records of the year and one that will (most certainly) only get better with the passing of time.
MP3 | Wynton Marsalis – From The Plantation… From The Plantation To The Penitentiary