Play the Blues: Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center

Play the Blues: Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center

by Eric Clapton, Wynton MarsalisEric Clapton
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details


New York City's premier jazz venue got the blues in April 2011 when Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton performed together in the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, for two sold-out shows dedicated to vintage blues. The extraordinary collaboration, billed as Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues, paired these musical virtuosos with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as they brought to life a repertoire of songs selected by Clapton and arranged by Marsalis.

Reprise Records captures the magic of these unprecedented shows from on CD and as a CD/DVD combo that both feature selections taken from the two public concerts, as well a special performance for Jazz at Lincoln Center's annual gala.

Marsalis, Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and nine-time Grammy® Award winner, writes about his collaboration with Clapton, a 19-time Grammy recipient, in the album's liner notes: "...we wanted these concerts to sound like people playing music they know and love, not like a project."

The band nimbly navigated a diverse set list that touched on different styles, from the four-on-the-floor swing of Louis Armstrong's "Ice Cream" and the southern slow-drag of W.C. Handy's "Joe Turner's Blues" to the traveling blues of "Joliet Bound" and the boogie-woogie jump of "Kidman Blues." After opening the shows with his solo set, Mahal returned to join the band on "Corrine, Corrina" and the New Orleans funeral standard "Just A Closer Walk With Thee."

The one song not selected by Clapton for the show was his own "Layla," which was requested by bassist Henriquez and arranged as a Crescent City dirge to tremendous results. On his review of the performance, David Fricke of Rolling Stone wrote: "In the [song's] instrumental break, Clapton hit a series of stabbing licks lightly crusted with distortion, followed by Marsalis' slow parade of clean hurting peals - a moving dialogue in lovesickness and blues routes." From the Label

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2011
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0081227975913
catalogNumber: 528530
Rank: 178845

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Clapton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Wynton Marsalis   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Vocals
Taj Mahal   Banjo,Vocals
Victor Goines   Clarinet
Chris Stainton   Keyboards
Don Vappie   Banjo
Marcus Printup   Trumpet
Carlos Henríquez   Bass
Ali Muhammed Jackson   Drums
Dan Nimmer   Piano
Chris Crenshaw   Trombone,Vocals

Technical Credits

Sara Martin   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer,Producer
Martha E. Koenig   Composer
Wynton Marsalis   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Joe McCoy   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Bill Ewing   Composer
Howard E. Johnson   Composer
Lisa Glines   Art Direction
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Minnie McCoy   Composer
Rob Macomber   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
David Robinson   Engineer
James Beck Gordon   Composer
Robert A. K. King   Composer
Chester Burnett   Composer
Evan Manners   Engineer
Jeff Jones "the Jedi Master"   Engineer
Armetia Chatman   Composer
Ashley Schiff Ramos   Producer

Customer Reviews