He And She - Wynton Marsalis
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  • Summary: The concept album about the relationship between a man and a woman is the jazz trumpeter's fifth release on Blue Note.
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  1. It’s music with taste and spacious arrangements, full of historical knowledge and Mr. Marsalis’s trademarks: hocketing between horns, supercharged trumpet growls, tambourine accents. But you may not whistle it when it’s over.
  2. The poetry aside, this is the Wynton Marsalis we’ve been waiting for.
  3. He And She is smart and sweet, an audacious project of heart-soared magnificence. [Spring 2009, p.78]
  4. While Marsalis' verse falters, the music beams stellar with lyrical rhapsodies and compelling arrangements imbued with multifarious colors and orchestral textures.
  5. The soloing on this album, themed on the relationship between man and woman, is immaculate. Marsalis's achilles heel is his preacher's instinct, so there's plenty of spoken material....Once you get past all that, the trumpet-playing--pure in the upper register, with directness weighed against Miles-like muted ambiguity--is gorgeous.
  6. On this return to simpler times and the childish wide-eyed beauty of youth, Marsalis has struck a chord with those awkward, precious times in a way that adults can appreciate.
  7. The compositions are magnificent, and the performance sparkles....Marsalis has interspersed the songs with snippets of poetry, which he wrote and recites. I'm not qualified to critique poetry, but I can tell you this: You're not going to want to hear this stuff every time you play the disc.
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  1. CariM
    Jun 1, 2009
    Really like the music. I'm not a big fan of poetry, though and I agree with the one critic who opined that you don't want to hear the poetry everytime you listen to the CD. So I just downloaded the songs I really liked - smile. Expand