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Sweet Swing Blues on the Road

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Sweet Swing Blues On the Road

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Frank Stewart, Wynton Marsalis

We gave it a B-

Trumpet player Wynton Marsalis toots his own horn as he and bandmates blow through various cities throughout the U.S., Japan, and South America. Marsalis spews words like a man who has picked up a writing instrument for the first time in Sweet Swing Blues on the Road. He is so enthusiastic that he wants to tell you absolutely everything. The problem is, he does — from the history of the trumpet (”It wasn’t until Haydn wrote his concerto in 1796 that the trumpet began to come into its own”) to some sweet anecdotes about his musicians (”J can eat three big-ass dinners and not gain a pound. And loves him some Coca-Cola”). And while the freestyle text and accompanying typical, smoky black-and-white duotone photographs by Frank Stewart are meant as an intimate and loving portrait of jazzmen on the road, editing them could have lent some harmony to this discordant composition. B-