marsalis music

Doug Wamble Blue State

Date: 08.01.2005
Publication: Jazz Times
Author: Jon Pareles

 

Terms like “eclectic” sell Doug Wamble short. His sophomore release, with pianist Roy Dunlap, bassist Jeff Hanley and drummer Peter Miles, is a 21st-century drama with gospel, blues, Americana, neosoul, bop and modal characters strutting across the stage. In his liner notes, fellow guitarist-vocalist Matt Munisteri pinpoints the singularity of Wamble’s art as well as anyone could hope to, but let me remark on a few vibrant qualities: the rootsy purity of Wamble’s guitar tone; the advanced content of his improvised lines; and the winsome drawl of his singing voice, but also its haunting, preacherly power.
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Submitted by Ben on July 31st, 2005 — 11:00pm

Bluestate Moves Farther Into Jazzy Territory

Date: 06.23.2005
Publication: Toronto Star
Author: Greg Quill

On his second outing produced, as was his debut, Country Libations, by Branford Marsalis, the American singer/guitarist/songwriter moves farther into jazz territory, though it’s clearly his formative country/folk environment that sustains his sensibilities.

The opener, “If I Live to See the Day,” is a biting indictment of American foreign policy, as powerful a protest song as we’ve heard in decades, dressed up in Weather Report drag.
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Submitted by Ben on June 22nd, 2005 — 11:00pm

Doug Wamble: Blue State

Date: 06.16.2005
Publication: Jazzitude.com


Doug Wamble’s second album as a leader, Bluestate, captures an artist breaking completely into his own voice. Wamble’s playing is joyous, humorous, sharp, intelligent, and deeply felt. With Bluestate Wamble joins a select group of adventurous guitarists who work from the jazz mode and pull elements from other styles of music as they like: Bill Frisell and Kurt Rosenwinkel are two that come quickly to mind.
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Submitted by Ben on June 15th, 2005 — 11:00pm

Arts and more in brief: Summer Jazz to open 21st season June 11

Date: 05.19.2005
Publication: Marblehead Reporter Read more »

Submitted by Ben on May 18th, 2005 — 11:00pm

Marsalis Music : Doug Wamble and Miguel Zenón

Date: 05.15.2005
Publication: All About Jazz
Author: Mark F. Turner


The fledgling Marsalis Music Label celebrates another anniversary with sophomore releases by two of its most exciting young artists: Bluestate by guitarist Doug Wamble and Jíbaro by saxophonist Miguel Zenón. Their debuts recordings were well received by the jazz community by delivering music filled with diversity and fresh outlooks. One of the key freedoms allowed by producer Branford Marsalis to these artists was to let them simply be themselves and channel there own ideas and experiences into the music and the mindset continues on these noteworthy recordings.
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Submitted by Ben on May 14th, 2005 — 11:00pm

Review: Bluestate

Date: 05.10.2005
Publication: Barnes & Noble
Author: Ted Panken

 

At 30, Doug Wamble is a quadruple threat: accomplished singer-songwriter, eclectic composer, killer guitarist, and heady improviser. His second album, Bluestate, illuminates the broad well of influence from which he draws. Building on Country Libations, his 2003 debut, the Memphis-born Wamble, whose resume includes gigs with Cassandra Wilson, Madeleine Peyroux, the Millennial Territory Orchestra, and Wynton Marsalis, references a heap of southern roots vernaculars — urban and rural blues, gospel, country, bluegrass — and the complex threads that comprise the vocabulary of modern jazz expression.

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Submitted by Ben on May 9th, 2005 — 11:00pm

Bluestate

Date: 05.10.2005
Publication: Marsalis Music

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Submitted by Ben on May 9th, 2005 — 11:00pm

Featured Artist: Doug Wamble

Date: 05.09.2005
Publication: Jazzreview.com
Author: Don Williamson


Now that Branford Marsalis has his own record label and distribution agreement, he has moved into the signing of promising new artists that Marsalis’ immersion in the entertainment business has enabled him to recognize. One of the fortunate results of Marsalis’ keen eye—and ear—for talent is Doug Wamble, who emerged without warning in 2003, when he released Country Libations. That CD allowed Wamble’s group to tour more extensively, to work on new material and to develop a unique sound—part gospel, part political, part blues, part swing, part country, part fusion, part pop, part avant-garde, part world music, part balladic—an amalgam that contains the combined personalities of the musicians.
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Submitted by Ben on May 8th, 2005 — 11:00pm

The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration - - What The Critics Say

Date: 08.05.2003
Publication: Marsalis Music

“For the past 20 years, the name Marsalis has been synonymous with jazz.”
Steve Jones, USA Today

“Form meets tradition, creativity trumps familiarity and blood runs thicker than water on this concert commemorating the ‘debut’ of the multitalented Marsalis family band.”
Fred Bouchard, Down Beat

“Ellis Marsalis – pianist, jazz educator, sire of champions…”
Doug Ramsey, JazzTimes
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Submitted by Josh on August 4th, 2003 — 11:00pm

2 Decades of Dynamic Jazz for Marsalis Family

By Steve Jones
USA Today
02.04.2003

For the past 20 years, the name Marsalis has been synonymous with jazz.

Wynton, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, has become a cultural icon with his critically acclaimed records and performances and jazz-education efforts. Older brother Branford is highly respected for his music and well-known for his work on TV and with pop bands. Their father, Ellis, is renowned as a pianist and mentor to many of this generation’s important jazz players. Younger brothers Delfeayo, a trombonist, and Jason, a drummer, have made names for themselves both as bandleaders and sidemen.
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Submitted by Ben on February 4th, 2003 — 12:00am