After much to-do, the Nate Wooley Quintet has released its third recording on the Portuguese Clean Feed Records! (Dance To) The Early Music is the quintet swerving and veering through the seemingly dangerous territory of interpreting the early recordings of America's great repertory master, Wynton Marsalis. In a time in which irony or homage and history go hand in hand, (Dance To) is something different, a moment in which five gentlemen look at the possibilities of a handful of compositions with an equal part passion and scientific method.
With greater and lesser abstraction, the NW5 navigates pieces from some of Wynton's seminal recordings: Black Codes from the Underground, J Mood, and Wynton Marsalis. They let the pieces morph and explode through the lens of their own experience; an organic re-telling of a tale in which this music went a different direction.
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