*This is a Vinyl LP*
Release Date: 2021
Label: Blue Engine Records
- Be Present
- Sloganize, Patronize, Realize, Revolutionize (Black Lives Matters)
- Ballot Box Bounce
- That Dance We Do (That You Love Too)
- Deeper Than Dreams
- Out Amongst the People (for J Bat)
- It Come ‘Round ‘Gin
- That’s When All Will See
Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet performing with Wynton Marsalis
“Jazz music is the perfect metaphor for democracy,” says famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. At a time when America — and indeed, the whole world — finds itself at a crossroads, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer has been inspired to write a poignant and buoyant work, The Democracy! Suite, which proves that the joy and beauty of jazz can bring us all closer together.
That new suite is now a digital album from Marsalis and a septet composed of members of the famed Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Recorded live in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room during the Covid-19 lockdown, the work is irresistible and irrepressible. Tracks like “Out Amongst the People (For J Bat)” and “Be Present” are an impassioned reflection of turbulent times that find peerless musicians working as a harmonious community, urging us to reflect on the past and reconsider the future.
“The question that confronts us right now as a nation is, ‘Do we want to find a better way?'” Marsalis says. The music of The Democracy! Suite may be instrumental, but it speaks for itself, urging us onto action — to get out of our seats and fight for the world we believe in.