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Popular Songs: The Best of Wynton Marsalis

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It may be easy to argue with Wynton Marsalis’ buttoned-down aesthetics, but you can’t argue with the goods: As composer and trumpeter of distinction, he helps define post-1980s jazz. For anyone boggled by his overabundant discography (eight albums in 2000 alone — ouch), here’s a good starting place, an overview passing through the tough stuff of ”Black Codes” and the floral grace of last year’s ”Sunflowers.” Jazz post-Wynton is a better place, in spite of his dogged conservatism.

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