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Blue Note Releases New Wynton CD in March

Lucky us, we recently received an advance copy of the upcoming album by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, his first album since being dropped from the Columbia Records artists roster and signing with Blue Note. Titled The Magic Hour, the album comes out March 9, 2004 and it’s not the “Wynton Marsalis featuring Al Green, Norah Jones and Van Morrison” album you might expect from today’s Blue Note.

How could you expect that from Marsalis anyway? He’s 100 percent jazz (except for when he’s playing classical music…zing!). The Magic Hour‘s first track, “Feeling of Jazz,” is a slow-moving blues with special guest vocalist Dianne Reeves, who sings to us that “jazz lifts my soul with a soooouauauaananaaaa…” Frankly, I’m not sure what the words are, but the song is all about how Reeves wants to hear some jazz. She gets into some down and dirty call-and-response action with Marsalis’ horn before the album moves on to celebrating jazz a bit less literally.

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