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Wynton Learson Marsalis (born October 18, 1961) is a trumpeter, composer, teacher, bandleader, music educator, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, United States. Marsalis is the son of jazz musician Ellis Marsalis, Jr. (pianist), grandson of Ellis Marsalis, Sr., and brother of Branford Marsalis (saxophonist), Delfeayo Marsalis (trombonist), Mboya, and Jason Marsalis (drummer).

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  • He's opinionated, true, but you don't have to agree with him to enjoy his music. He's a terrific player, and one of the best arrangers in jazz. (If only he could write a catchy melody, instead of stringing together interesting phrases aimlessly, he'd be as good a composer as he's trying to be). No, I don't agree with him-- you can see from my charts that I listen to all the stuff that Marsalis disdains -- but I am open to any good music, including his.
  • The lack of voice in his phrasing is really quite eerie.
  • He hates the very spirit of jazz and has spent his entire career trying to choke it. Marsalis has all the talent in the world but no guts, soul or desire to try anything new, which is sad. [2]
  • Wynton's brand of jazz is a "museum piece" because he rejects the advancements made by the Free Jazz and Fusion guys of the 60s and 70s, not to mention the work done by the Avant-Garde since that time. Not to say that some of those advancements didn't end up being something of creative dead ends, but to reject the groundbreaking work of artists like Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, Derek Bailey, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler and of course John Coltrane -- as well as many others -- as "self indulgent bullshit" and to basically play only forms from the 20s through the early 60s is ridiculous, disrespectful and antithetical to good art's purpose of forging ahead and breaking new ground. Conservatism and contentedness and being completely beholden to old styles and ideas are deathblows to worthwhile art of any kind, and they're the qualities that best describe Marsalis, Stanley Crouch, etc. Marsalis has all the talent in the world but no guts, soul or desire to try anything new, which is sad.
  • the uncle tom of jazz. [2]
  • That's not to say fusion is bad, or Jazz isn't relevant, or anything like that. But in terms of peak popularity - 1920 to 1965 is pretty much spot on. Rock and roll took over from 1955-2000? I think Pop and Hip-hop/rap are most popular now. so sad.
  • Jazz was a museum piece before Wynton. Fusion took it off the map - jazz hasn't been competitive for "most popular music genre" status since Kind Of Blue. People like Herbie Hancock, good as he is, haven't dictated popular culture or reflected the times in the same way that Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman or Louis Armstrong did.
  • Raul's take on Wynton is factual and a sad commentary on Wynton. Wynton is a very narrow minded man. He is an accomplished and awesome player which makes is opinions all the more depressing.
  • ¿Y cómo te digo que te amo?
  • RaulLipschitz, your merely an opinion. I love Wynton's knowledge of history, the pride behind the art form. To me, no one has come off more passionate about Jazz.

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