Saturday, February 04, 2006

I never thought I'd say this but...

I never thought it would come to this, but i actually heard a piece of music today by Wynton Marsalis... and enjoyed it. Often derided as nothing but a Miles Davis imitator, it's been forgotten somewhere that Mr. Marsalis plays a mean trumpet. I'd have been unlikely to listen, had it not been for this post on the 'Jazz Portraits' blog, reporting on Mr. Marsalis' appearance in an iPod ad.

The man over there at Jazz Portraits has got it about right. Here's something that shows off jazz as a living, breathing force. Never mind that the music could have been recorded in Rudy Van Gelder's studio in 1960 - just enjoy it for what it is. OK, you can hardly form an opinion on an artist from a 30-second clip, but on the basis of this ad i'll be seeking out more of his music.

Click here to watch the video.

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