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From the New York Times: “Pairing Their Sounds and Sharing the Blues”

Jon Pareles
April 10 2011

“Eric Clapton chose the songs and Wynton Marsalis laid out the musical territory for Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues, the Jazz at Lincoln Center concert at Rose Theater on Friday night, the first of two shows. It was a concert so fixated on elegant details that its blues were bloodless.

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Wynton Marsales

Mr. Clapton selected songs recorded long ago by Louis Armstrong, Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith. Mr. Marsalis’s designated musical turf was, with a few time warps, the vintage New Orleans sound of King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, complete with tandem-trumpet theme statements (from Mr. Marsalis and Marcus Printup), briskly strummed banjo (from the New Orleans stalwart Don Vappie), growling trombone (from Chris Crenshaw) and scampering clarinet (from Victor Goines).

Mr. Clapton’s electric-guitar solos were the historical wild card, nudging the music from 1920s New Orleans toward 1950s Chicago and Memphis. ‘ For me to be able to come in here and try and make my little jingly stuff work inside this,’ a smiling Mr. Clapton said onstage, gesturing toward Mr. Marsalis’s band, ‘it’s a challenge.’ ”

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