November 1999

Wynton Marsalis
Sweet Release and Ghost Story- Two More Ballets
Sony Classical

"Sweet Release" and "Ghost Story" are perhaps most interesting in revealing Marsalis' approach to collaborative forms. Programmatic threads give the choreographer substantial foundations to support their efforts. The former piece, performed by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, offers space, texture, and rhythmic variety. The latter, performed by a quartet including Ted Nash on reeds, Eric Lewis on piano, Carlito Henriquez on bass, and Jaz Sawyer on drums, is to these ears more effective, with a broader range of movements, including an intriguing tango.

Originally published in November 1999
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