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New Marsalis Project Honors Romare Bearden

The two most famous Marsalis brothers, Wynton and Branford (pictured), have both been involved in work for a new album of tunes inspired by artist Romare Bearden, whose work in painting and collage was deeply influenced by jazz, so much that he would often name his paintings after songs by artists like Duke Ellington and James P. Johnson. The album, Romare Bearden Revealed, comes out Sept. 9 on Branford’s Marsalis Music label. Truth be told, Wynton only plays on three tracks. Revealed is really Branford’s baby. He produced it and plays on the majority of the tracks. The remaining cuts are by Doug Wamble (whose Country Libations just came out via Marsalis Music) and the Marsalis Family Band.

Among the tunes on the Revealed CD are “Sea Breeze,” a song Bearden co-wrote, and live version of Jelly Roll Morton’s “Jungle Blues” played by the Marsalis Family Band earlier this year at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. We’re without an official track list, but here’s what we’ve been told will be on the album, followed by a parenthetical indicating who plays the song.

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