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 10th, 2005 — 12:00am

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 9th, 2005 — 12:00am

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 5th, 2003 — 12:00am

Working Together, Taking Different Roads

Date: 03.05.2003
Publication: New York Times
Author: Ben Ratliff

 

It’s true: the Marsalises have been overexposed to the ends of the earth. One might have looked at the enormous profile on Wynton Marsalis in the current issue of The Atlantic Monthly, noticed the recent PBS special about the family, then seen a full-family concert coming up and rightly wondered why nobody else in jazz was apparently worth paying attention to.
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Submitted by Josh on March 5th, 2003 — 01:00am

Jazz Spotlight : Marsalis Times Five

By Don Heckman
Los Angeles Times
02.16.2003

In “The Marsalis Family: A Jazz Celebration” (*** 1/2, Marsalis Music), the only nonmember of the family in the ensemble is bassist Roland Guerin. Beyond that, it’s all Marsalis: patriarch Ellis on piano, saxophonist Branford, trumpeter Wynton, trombonist Delfeayo and drummer Jason.

It took a tribute concert marking Ellis Marsalis’ retirement from his teaching duties at the University of New Orleans to bring father and four sons together on the same stage, in the same band, for the very first time.
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Submitted by Ben on February 16th, 2003 — 01:00am