Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Live in Cuba

Album review
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra: Live in Cuba

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Live in Cuba

Label: Blue Engine
Media: CD
Genre: Jazz

This 2010 live recording is noteworthy for more than one reason. First of all, this wasn’t just any old gig: the concert in Havana that took place shortly after travel restrictions were eased definitely constitutes an event worth documenting. Also, this two-CD set marks the launching of the Blue Engine label, which, along with plans to release upcoming performances from Lincoln Center, is unleashing archival live and studio recordings dating back as far as 1987. Finally, you may have noticed an unusually large gap between albums for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra— five years, as a matter of fact. The space between releases, of course, is not due to lack of activity—quite the opposite, and what you hear on this album is a well-oiled jazz orchestra that’s ready to tackle anything you put in front of it—Ellington, Monk (“Light Blue” is one of the highlights), Afro-Cuban music, blues, ballads, and more. Wynton Marsalis has made it clear that he means business with the new Blue Engine label—in other words, he plans to sell records. May he meet with much success, and may jazz in general get a shot in the arm as a result.  

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