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Willie Nelson & Wynton Marsalis featuring Norah Jones

Here We Go Again

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When Wynton Marsalis, Willie Nelson and Norah Jones united at Jazz at Lincoln Center two years ago to celebrate Ray Charles, the results supported the sentiment that two out of three ain’t bad. On the plus side is Marsalis, whose horn work is spectacular throughout, consistently establishing incredibly high imaginative benchmarks that all of his bandmates-pianist Dan Nimmer, saxophonist Walter Blanding, bassist Carlos Henriquez and drummer/percussionist Ali Jackson-effortlessly rise to. Marsalis also proves a surprisingly effective vocalist, abetting the call-and-response bounce of a rollicking, NOLA-fueled “Hit the Road Jack” and easily out-muscling (and out-interpreting) Nelson on “Busted.” Jones, too, is in superb form, particularly with the sweet, slightly countrified yearn of her “Come Rain or Come Shine” and the sighing romantic acquiescence she lends to the title track.

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