Wynton Marsalis Finds a Groove at The House of Tribes

On August 30 Blue Note Records will release Amongst The People: Live at The House of Tribes, a superb new live album from the Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Wynton Marsalis.

It was on a chilly December night that Marsalis and his quintet settled in for the first of what has become an annual winter performance at The House of Tribes, a funky and intimate community-run theater on the Lower East Side of Manhattan that also plays host to theater, dance, astrology, photography exhibits, and more. With the recorders on, Marsalis led his quintet through a blistering set of hot, swingin’ jazz that listeners can now hear for themselves on Amongst The People. The outstanding acoustics and warm, welcoming audience found at the House of Tribes made it an ideal setting to record Marsalis’ first live jazz album since 1999’s Live At The Village Vanguard boxed set. In the liner notes by Stanley Crouch, Marsalis comments that “playing at the House of Tribes is like being at home, back in that environment of pure dedication, the kind of feeling that makes you want to become an artist.”

Marsalis is joined by longtime collaborators Wessell “Warmdaddy” Anderson on alto saxophone and Eric Lewis on piano. Marsalis notes that Wess “is always ready to play and spread that good feeling. That’s why musicians and listeners love him.” Marsalis also praises Lewis who, in his words, “has developed such an original style, and…can do so many different things.” Veteran musicians Kengo Nakamura (bass), and Joe Farnsworth (drums) round out the lineup. Robert Rucker and Orlando Q. Rodriguez sit in on percussion on the last track of the album, “2nd Line.”

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