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Wynton Marsalis just gives till it hurts. Last week he was in our own back yard, giving music lessons at the White House and offering up a Kennedy Center tribute to his father Ellis. Today it was a Q&A session on his Facebook page with fans. And, at the end of the session, a surprise from the maestro (which also showed up on his Twitter:
Thanks for joining me for the Q&A. I’d like to give you all a free download of my album, “Here…Now”, which is only available online. Download it here and let me know what you think!
Here…Now is a ballet about the late Olympian Florence “FloJo” Griffith Joyner, choreographed for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2001 to music specially commissioned from Marsalis. The download page carries a 2007 release date, but in fact it’s never been released on CD or anywhere except online. And it is excellent —- some of the best and most original, ambitious, and tuneful work of Marsalis’ career [insert endless arguments about Marsalis’ career here].
But even if you hate everything Marsalis stands for, what have you got to lose with a free download?