On March 24, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, trumpeter and bandleader Wynton Marsalis will release his fifth Blue Note recording, He and She an ambitious new album of 22 tracks that combines spoken word and Wynton’s signature Jazz style.
The album is tempered with flashes of humor and plenty of swing centered around the compelling and most elemental of subjects, the relationship between a man and a woman.
Before heading into the studio, the Wynton Marsalis Quintet traveled to the Iron Horse in North Hampton, MA to perform the new material in front of a live audience. The quintet subsequently cut the tracks live over a two-day period. The minimally edited result became He and She.
Marsalis ended his last Blue Note studio album, From the Plantation to the Penitentiary, with a stunning spoken word piece, though on He and She, Marsalis’s voice is more prominent throughout, prefacing just about every track with his poetic words.
He And She is due out March 24th on Blue Note Records.
Preview the new album here: http://www.wyntonmarsalis.org/discography/jazz/he-and-she/