Last year, David Crosby published his first solo album in about 20 years. “Croz” simply became one of my favorite albums (in the category “of all time”). Without S N & Y, it’s a full album of mostly sophisticated ballads or mid tempo songs, with beautiful chords and voicings (lovers of open-tuning guitars, this one’s for you), vocal harmonies to die for, and an outstanding level of musicianship.
Among the guests on the album, Mark Knopfler does a great sensitive job on the opening song “What’s broken”. But to continue on my series of non-guitar transcriptions, I decided to share with you the trumpet solo from “Holding On For Nothing”. At my first listen I was blown away by the beauty of this solo. And when I realized that it was Wynton Marsalis playing I was speechless.
Wynton Marsalis is one of todays most reknown jazz musician, way beyond the small circle of jazz lovers. There’s a statue (!!!!) of him in Marciac (small village of France where one of Europe’s biggest jazz festival takes place every summer). Proper rock star right !!!!
His views on jazz and it’s tradition are often subject to discussion, and I admit that I don’t agree with all I’ve read and heard from him even though it’s never uninteresting to listen to what he has to say. But thanx to Ethan Iverson’s in depth post about him, I at least became an admirer of his playing. His albums with Kenny Kirkland are modern landmarks for any jazz fan.
On “Croz” his intervention is breathtakingly sensitive, with a very poetic sense of space, and a tasteful use of the jazz phrasing. In only 8 bars, Wynton takes us on a journey.
The charts is available here