Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra & Wynton Marsalis – The Fifties: A Prism (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 39:33 minutes | 798 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blue Engine Records
All jazz is modern,” says Wynton Marsalis—and we owe the 1950s for that. The momentous decade became the crucible in which modern jazz was formed, as styles like modal, hard bop, third stream, and more melted together and artists like Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, and Ornette Coleman reached the height of their powers. Now, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trombonist Chris Crenshaw has taken inspiration from the era to create The Fifties: A Prism, the newest Blue Engine album.
“When I was presented with the idea of coming up with a suite dealing with the 1950s, I immediately realized this was going to cover all the genres of jazz, from bebop to freedom music,” Crenshaw says. Recorded live at The House of Swing by the JLCO with Wynton Marsalis in February 2017, The Fifties does exactly that, refracting all the energy from a creatively supercharged era through a 21st-century lens. The result is at turns playful and moving, melodic and challenging—but it’s always swinging.
1 Flipped His Lid
2 Just a-Slidin’
4 Cha-Cha Toda la Noche
5 Unorthodox Sketches
6 Pursuit of the New Thing