Larry Blumenfeld
March 30, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

From the Plantation to the Penitentiary

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Wynton Marsalis
Producers
Blue Note
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A

Jazz’s reigning statesman Wynton Marsalis sounds enraged, speaking with more than his trumpet. His forthright lyrics on From the Plantation to the Penitentiary, sung by Jennifer Sanon, take on racism, poverty, and greed within sophisticated quintet arrangements. His rapping on ”Where Y’all At?” has awkward moments, but his message and soloing are well honed. A

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