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Published: 2011/07/06

Wynton Marsalis and The Flecktones

Yesterday Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, who are now touring with original member Howard Levy, performed a free gig at the Apple Store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Towards the end of their 80 minute set, the quartet was joined by Wynton Marsalis. The trumpet player sat in for two early Flecktones numbers, marking the first occasion that Marsalis had performed with the group. Bela and The Flecktones are now touring in support of their new release, Rocket Science.


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Jesse July 6, 2011, 16:28:25

This makes me very happy. Wynton is one of the greatest geniuses in improvised music of the last 30 years, and I wish more of my peers knew that.

John McMillin July 12, 2011, 01:52:07

The man can blow. But Wynton has also been the biggest windbag over that spell, a curse upon jazz. His stubborn, conservative insistence on a confining, backward-looking conception of jazz as “classical music” has built his career, but stopped jazz’ forward progression of continuous experimentation. No wonder fewer folks listen to jazz every year— it’s all been f=done before, and better, by his account. Thats said, maybe this impromptu session indicates that his taste is opening up a little.

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