MUSIC: SHADES OF BLUE

ROMANCE AND RHAPSODY FROM A JAZZ PIANIST

The J Master renewed my faith in jazz music," trumpeter Wynton Marsalis writes in his backstage-with-the-band chronicle, Sweet Swing Blues on the Road. "In 1984 half of my first band left to play rock music. I thought maybe no one with that real fire and talent in our generation wanted to play jazz--not enough external rewards for swinging. Then I called the J Master...When he plays, the entire history of jazz piano resonates. He is a true original, a real jazzman, not afraid to swing and play the blues with authority, intelligence, abandon and soul. Yes, with soul."

"The J Master"...

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