MUSIC: ROBERTS RULES

AN UPDATE ON THE BLUES WITH BRAINS AND BRAWN

When Marcus Roberts titles an album Blues for the New Millennium (Columbia), it's no casual gesture. Having played regularly with Wynton Marsalis, the pianist shares with his former bandleader a taste for pedagogy, historicism and sheer ambition. Roberts' two most recent albums were a song cycle about romantic loss and rebirth, and a jazzman's reclamation of Rhapsody in Blue. The new disc begins with basics--covers of Robert Johnson and Jelly Roll Morton--and then branches out with 12 self-penned numbers. The climax, Roberts writes, "symbolizes what the whole record is about...our belief that jazz (blues) will dance into the 21st century." It...

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