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Irvin Mayfield & Ellis Marsalis: Love Songs, Ballads and Standards

Had pianist and New Orleans jazz patriarch Ellis Marsalis chosen the tunes for this collection of studio and concert performances rather than the 30-year-old New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, perhaps it would have been bookended by renditions of Jerome Kern’s “Yesterdays” instead of Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday.” But if you blame the inclusion of the McCartney tune-or, for that matter, a couple of pop hits recorded by Stevie Wonder and Norah Jones-on Mayfield’s youth, you also have to credit him for presenting his mentor in a fresh and revealing light.

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