lunedì 5 settembre 2011

Serata speciale nei cinema americani con Marsalis e Clapton

Lo scorso aprile la celebre organizzazione newyorkese Jazz at Lincoln Center ospitò per due serate un evento speciale, l'incontro due grandi personaggi come Wynton Marsalis ed Eric Clapton che, accompagnati da una straordinaria band composto da otto componenti della ormai leggendaria Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, ha proposto una esplosiva miscela di blues, jazz e rock.
La rivista Rolling Stone pubblicò un bel articolo sull'avvenimento:
"I pat myself on the back – it took a lot of courage to come here," Eric Clapton said halfway through his show at New York's Rose Hall on April 8th, glancing and smiling at the men with him on stage: eight members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, including trumpeter and JALC artistic director Wynton Marsalis. Clapton then introduced the next song, nodding over his shoulder at bassist Carlos Henriquez. "This one was foisted on me by Carlos," the British guitarist said. "I didn't think it would work."
Clapton was wrong. "Layla" wasn't included in the printed program for Wyntom Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues, two nights otherwise dedicated to a bedrock repertoire of early-jazz tunes and pre-war blues. But the new arrangement, minus the signature guitar lick from Clapton's 1970 recording with Derek and the Dominos, was a perfect fit: a slow-drag rhythm ringed by mourning horns, recasting the song in the style of the New Orleans lament "St. James Infirmary." In the 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."

Il prossimo 7 settembre queste indimenticabili serate verranno celebrate in una serata di gala nelle sale cinematografiche americane, nella quali verrà presentato un film con immagini dei concerti, dietro le quinte ed esibizioni speciali. Il film si intitola Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton Play the Blues.

Ecco il video di Layla di Clapton tratta dal concerto del 9 aprile:


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