Friday, June 07, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton

Artist:Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton
Album:Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues: Live From Jazz At Lincoln Center

Guys as legendary as Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton can play with anyone they want and do anything they want. So it's not that surprising that they would decide to play together. Marsalis' duet album with Willie Nelson was very successful and Clapton's album with B.B. King was a big seller. Clapton had been working a lot with his old buddy Steve Winwood and he recorded an album with J.J. Cale in 2006. Marsalis recorded an album with Willie Nelson in 2008. For his 2010 CD Clapton, he recorded a lot of old songs in a traditional jazz style with members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Wynton Marsalis played trumpet on How Deep Is The Ocean. From there, Marsalis got the idea to do a series of concerts with Clapton at Lincoln Center in New York City. The concept was for Clapton to select the songs and Marsalis would arrange them in a 20s jazz style based on King Oliver. For the most part, Clapton chose songs from the 20s with the exception of Layla. Clapton said he thought of Layla but thought it would be presumptuous to suggest it. So bassist Carlos Henriquez suggested it. Other musicians include Chris Crenshaw on trombone, Victor Goines on clarinet, Ali Jackson Jr. on drums, Dan Nimmer on piano, Marcus Printup on trumpet, Chris Stainton on keyboards and Don Vappie on banjo. And Taj Mahal appears on the final two songs. The CD was released on Clapton's label Warner Bros. and there is also a live DVD. It's certainly interesting to hear Layla performed in this style. And Clapton is very deferential to the jazz musicians. I guess he doesn't feel he deserves to be in the same room with great jazz musicians. But he does deserve to be there. Here's Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton performing Layla from the DVD recorded at Lincoln Center.

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