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CD Giveaway: Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues

Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the BluesSo what happens when one of rock’s most legendary figures — that would be Eric Clapton — teams with one of jazz’s most prolific and controversial figures — that would be Wynton Marsalis — for an evening of vintage-style blues and jazz? Why you get the fantastic new CD/DVD Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues: Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center, that’s what happens!

And because I’m such a generous guy, I’m offering you the chance to win a copy of this excellent CD/DVD set, courtesy Rhino Records. Ain’t I swell?

To win your very own copy of Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues, all you need to do is send me an email with the subject line “Send Me the Blues!”. I’ll pick a winner at random some time in the near future. As long as the email link in this post is active, so is the contest!

Update: We have a winner! Thanks to all who entered!

For more details, dig this:

New York City’s premier jazz venue got the blues last April when Wynton Marsalis and Eric Clapton performed together in Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center for two sold-out shows dedicated to vintage blues. The extraordinary collaboration, billed as Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues, paired these musical virtuosos with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as they brought to life a repertoire of songs selected by Clapton and arranged by Marsalis.

Marsalis and Clapton were joined on stage by Dan Nimmer (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), Ali Jackson (drums), Marcus Printup (trumpet), Victor Goines (clarinet), Chris Crenshaw (trombone, vocals), Don Vappie (banjo) and Clapton’s longtime keyboarist/sideman Chris Stainton. Marsalis says the group combined the sound of an early blues jump-band with the sound of New Orleans jazz to accommodate the integration of guitar/trumpet lead, a combination that gave the musicians the latitude to play different grooves, from the Delta to the Caribbean and beyond.

CD and DVD Track Listing

1. “Ice Cream” (Louis Armstrong)
2. “Forty-Four” (Howlin’ Wolf)
3. “Joe Turner’s Blues” (W.C. Handy)
4. “The Last Time” (Louis Armstrong)
5. “Careless Love” (Bessie Smith)
6. “Kidman Blues” (“Big Maceo” Merriweather)
7. “Layla” (Eric Clapton)
8. “Joliet Bound” (“Kansas Joe” McCoy/”Memphis Minnie” McCoy)
9. “Just A Closer Walk With Thee” (ft. Taj Mahal) [Traditional]
10. “Corrine, Corrina” (ft. Taj Mahal) [Bo Chatmon/Mitchell Parish]

Bonus track on DVD only: “Stagger Lee” by Taj Mahal