Wynton MARSALIS – From The Plantation To The Penitentiary 2007

Wynton MARSALIS – From The Plantation To The Penitentiary 2007
Recorded on June 28 & 29, 2006


By turns soothing, urgent, playful, and angry, From the Plantation to the Penitentiary distills Marsalis’ recent observations on our modern American way of life as he’s traveled the nation as a performer, teacher, and private citizen. Through the sultry alto of 21-year old singer Jennifer Sanon, he gives voice to the “tattered ragmen” of America in Find Me, rebukes our misogynistic entertainment industry- “I ain’t no bitch and I ain’t your ho”- in The Return of Romance, and denounces the uncontrolled financial exploitation of modern America in which “there’s never enough” in the frantic Super Capitalism. The most striking track on the album is Where Y’all At?, a rare spoken-word vocal performance by Marsalis, in which he demands to know what’s happened to all the responsible leaders in America- Where y’all at?

The album has its bright moments as well: the languid These Are Those Soulful Days was inspired by the diehard, bicoastal friendship between his 10-year old son and Walter Blanding’s 11-year old twin daughters that these three have maintained almost since birth, while the bouncy and soulful instrumental Doin Our Thing lets Marsalis and his band interpret various types of 4/4 grooves anchored, of course, by the swing.
The seven tracks on the album are all new compositions, with lyrics and music by Wynton Marsalis.
Walter Blanding- Tenor, Soprano Saxophones
Jennifer Sanon- Vocals
Dan Nimmer- Piano
Carlos Henriquez- Bass
Ali Jackson- Drums
01. From The Plantation To The Penitentiary   11:49
02. Find Me   9:33
03. Doin’ Your Thing   8:37
04. Love And Broken Hearts  7:40
05. Supercapitalism   6:55
06. These Are Those Soulful Days   8:04
07. Where Y’all At?   5:48

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