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  • Summary: This is a recording of the special concert of Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis who performed together in January 2007 at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
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  1. Two Men With The Blues is Willie at his most limber--and the surprise is that his co-star, the oft-formal Wynton Marsalis, sounds just as loose.
  2. Ten exuberant, tender, casually elegant tracks later you realize - much to your surprise, if you're like me--that the pairing of the grizzled country star and the suave jazz master is an unmitigated, ear-tickling success.
  3. Willie and Wynton may seem like an odd couple, but this live disc makes the country legend amd jazz master sound like natural partners. [11 Jul 2008, p.75]
  4. 80
    Willie's laidback voice is on top form, and for once, Wynton's garrulous trumpet takes a back seat, leaving space for some smart interjections from Mickey Rafael's harmonica and Walter Blanding's tenor sax. [Aug 2008, p.100]
  5. Although Willie Nelson changes for no one, he’s just as comfortable in your living room as he is in his, so it’s no surprise that a summit with Wynton Marsalis’ combo, recorded live at Jazz at Lincoln Center last year, is so inspired. [Summer 2008]
  6. Sure, the novelty helps, and if it recurs too often, the glee of hearing Nelson and Marsalis mesh will diminish. But hearing once how they play with and against each other is a real treat.
  7. Don’t count on hearing any lively back-and-forth exchanges, though, they’re clearly too respectful of each other to risk stepping on any toes in public.

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  1. Dannyboy
    Jul 13, 2008
    8
    An iconic meeting pf musical giants. yes, one mightvsay that little musial ground is broken, but what a display of mirth with the american sonbook!!