Play the Blues: Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
United by dalliances with purism as young men and an abiding love of classic blues and jazz, Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis are a more comfortable fit than it may initially seem. Both musicians are synthesists, not innovators, stitching together elements from their idols in an attempt to preserve the past while bringing it into the present, so their sensibilities are aligned and, in 2011, they're amenable to a partnership that explores their common ground. So, Clapton and Marsalis held a series of concerts at New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center in April of 2011, the guitarist selecting the songs (apart from "Layla," performed upon the request of bassist ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
United by dalliances with purism as young men and an abiding love of classic blues and jazz, Eric Clapton and Wynton Marsalis are a more comfortable fit than it may initially seem. Both musicians are synthesists, not innovators, stitching together elements from their idols in an attempt to preserve the past while bringing it into the present, so their sensibilities are aligned and, in 2011, they're amenable to a partnership that explores their common ground. So, Clapton and Marsalis held a series of concerts at New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center in April of 2011, the guitarist selecting the songs (apart from "Layla," performed upon the request of bassist Carlos Henriquez), the trumpeter picking the band and working up the arrangements, using King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band as his template yet finding room for piano and, of course, guitar. Clapton's choice of songs leans heavily toward the '20s -- so much so that the dip into postwar electric blues via Howlin' Wolf's "Forty Four" feels a bit of a shock -- and the arrangements are faithful to classic New Orleans jazz yet loose, never quite hidebound to tradition and finding plenty of space for every one of the players to roam; Clapton and Marsalis surely solo plenty, but so do trombonist Chris Crenshaw, clarinetist Victor Goines, and pianist Dan Nimmer. There's not much ego on display -- even the inclusion of "Layla" doesn't feel forced, thanks to Marsalis' inventive New Orleans funeral arrangement of this overly familiar tune -- but the joy is palpable and the chemistry natural. Compared to Wynton's duet albums with Willie Nelson, this is both more traditional and riskier, and compared to Clapton's latter-day duets with B.B. King and J.J. Cale, this finds the guitarist none too deferential. These are consummate musicians united by playing music they love, and their passion resonates so strongly it's hard not to enjoy Clapton and Marsalis playing the blues. [A CD/DVD version added a second disc and a bonus track, "Stagger Lee."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 081227975906
  • Catalog Number: 528531
  • Sales rank: 45

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ice Cream (7:38)
  2. 2 Forty-Four (7:12)
  3. 3 Joe Turner's Blues (7:47)
  4. 4 The Last Time (4:18)
  5. 5 Careless Love (7:43)
  6. 6 Kidman Blues (4:20)
  7. 7 Layla (9:08)
  8. 8 Joliet Bound (3:50)
  9. 9 Just a Closer Walk with Thee (12:20)
  10. 10 Corrine, Corrina (10:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ice Cream
  2. 2 Forty-Four
  3. 3 Joe Turner's Blues
  4. 4 The Last Time
  5. 5 Careless Love
  6. 6 Kidman Blues
  7. 7 Layla
  8. 8 Joliet Bound
  9. 9 Just a Closer Walk with Thee
  10. 10 Corrine, Corrina
  11. 11 Stagger Lee
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Clapton Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Wynton Marsalis Primary Artist, Trumpet, Vocals
Taj Mahal Banjo, Vocals
Victor Goines Clarinet
Chris Stainton Keyboards
Don Vappie Banjo
Marcus Printup Trumpet
Carlos HenrĂ­quez Bass
Dan Nimmer Piano
Chris Crenshaw Trombone, Vocals
Ali Jackson Jr. Drums
Technical Credits
Sara Martin Composer
Lloyd Price Composer
W.C. Handy Composer
Eric Clapton Composer, Producer
Martha E. Koenig Composer
Wynton Marsalis Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Joe McCoy Composer
Billy Moll Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
J. Mayo Williams Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Bill Ewing Composer
Howard E. Johnson Composer
Lisa Glines Art Direction
Walter Hirsch Composer
Minnie McCoy Composer
Harold Logan Composer
Martyn Atkins Director
Rob Macomber Engineer
Traditional Composer
James Pluta Producer
John Beug Executive Producer
David Robinson Engineer
James Beck Gordon Composer
Robert A. K. King Composer
Chester Burnett Composer
Evan Manners Engineer
Jeff Jones "the Jedi Master" Engineer, Mastering
Armetia Chatman Composer
Ashley Schiff Ramos Producer
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