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The excesses of rampant capitalism, the brazen exploitation of the entertainment industry, and the moral and political failings in the nation's leadership (expressed in, of all things for this notorious jazz purist, a spoken rap entitled "Where Y'all At?") all come under intense scrutiny. Four of the album's seven tracks feature his latest protégé, singer Jennifer Sanon, and the trumpeter is supported instrumentally by saxophonist Walter Blanding and a slick rhythm section that sails through the ever-changing rhythm patterns of the music, all carefully specified in the insert notes.
Now onto the supporting cast. I don't know who Wyntons mates are on this release, but they sure know how to groove and swing and play really smooth ballads. The playing and soloing is stellar. This is just an incredible 60 minutes of musical pleasure. It runs the gammut from anger to hope, from vindication to awareness. Musically it goes back and forth and ends with Wyntons "rap", which I really dug and felt that it ended this performance on a stern, but thoughtful note.
All in all, if you want to hear a truly fine piece of work, this is definitely for you. This is a great way to spend an hour. Put the headphones on enjoy the funky acoustic bass, the very tight drumming, the beautiful voice and the trumpet and sax collage. It's just STELLAR. 5 bright glowing stars. Hats off to Wynton Marsalis.
The title says it all. From the Plantation to the Penitentiary discusses the many ways African American culture has repeated itself symbolically over the centuries. This album and each of its tracks is a form of Evolution of the African American. Through the musicianship, lyrics, and dramatic vocals of Jennifer Sanon, we hear exactly how the culture has gone from slavery to mental bondage. The title track demonstrates how the chains we once wore now come in the form of various substance abuses and lowly public school systems with little resources to advance the upcoming generation.
The bittersweet ballad, "Love and Broken Hearts" demonstrates how relationships, courting, and other love drizzled mannerisms were all genuine at one point. A broken heart was actually possible to obtained when the love was deep enough.Read more ›
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Terrible CD and premise for music writing. If they have left the lyrics and singing out it might be passible. Not recommended.Published 13 months ago by dianetavegia
Easily one of the most insightful, penetrating, haunting and affecting albums of all time. Any one track would be a classic, but together they pack an emotional weight I rarely... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Sparius
A new jazz master of trumpet, carrying on the sounds of past masters, with a sense of history. Wynton and band do it.Published on October 23, 2013 by Denver B. Cornett
First off its important to note that my opinion of Wynton Marsalis is shared by a number of people: over educated,over confident and at times more than a little bourgeois. Read morePublished on July 22, 2013 by Andre S. Grindle
I remember seeing a review in Downbeat magazine where I believe this album received one star...I'd never seen such a low rating and it being one of the jazz greats I had to check... Read morePublished on February 15, 2011 by Torrey Kemp
It took me a few time to get use to the style (different to his previous album The Magic Hour), then I was really hooked. Loved that girl's singing, so pure and refreshing!Published on June 8, 2010 by Yio-Ming Liu
Mr. Marsalis brings listeners a message to the world of music with a Jazz flavor. I will discuss two aspects of this CD; (A) the musical portion and (B) the vocals. Read morePublished on May 18, 2010 by Justice For Humanity