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The Love Suite: In Mahogany

Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove, named “the most impactful trumpeter of his generation” by The New York Times, left behind a remarkable legacy when he passed in 2018. Now, Blue Engine Records, celebrates Hargrove’s legacy with the release of an unearthed gem from the JALC archives: Roy Hargrove’s The Love Suite: In Mahogany – Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center, a live performance of a JALC-commissioned suite that Hargrove never played in full again.

Commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center to compose and perform The Love Suite: In Mahogany, a then-23-year-old Hargrove demonstrates a remarkably mature approach to his craft. For the first time, this historic concert—captured at Alice Tully Hall in 1993 during one of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s earliest seasons—is available via digital streaming platforms. This album showcases the trumpet virtuosity and soulful songwriting for which Hargrove continues to be celebrated.

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The Southern Suite

Sean Mason

Featuring rising star pianist Sean Mason’s adventurous, close-knit quintet, The Southern Suite looks back at the Charlotte-born musician’s roots from the vantage of Mason’s current position at the heart of the NYC scene. Mason’s technical prowess and compositional genius are on full display: he conjures up new songs that sound like they should already be part of the jazz canon. Unforgettable gospel-tinged hooks sit on top of a deep, compelling pocket, making for catchy, danceable, forward-looking music.

Hailed by NPR’s Youngbloods series as a musician on the rise, Mason has already performed and toured with jazz legends including Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, and Herlin Riley. Now, the release of The Southern Suite presents an astonishingly mature statement from a young star in the making, revealing the stunning scope and potential of Mason’s performing and songwriting ability.

Isaiah J. Thompason - The Power of the Spirit
Isaiah J. Thompason - The Power of the Spirit
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Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Hot Seven

Wynton Marsalis

Performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater in 2006, Wynton Marsalis Plays Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens recreates the magic of Armstrong’s seminal ensembles. The lineup, which includes many longtime Marsalis collaborators, features Wycliffe Gordon (tuba, trombone, bass, vocals), Vincent Gardner (trombone), Victor Goines (clarinet), Walter Blanding (saxophones), “Papa” Don Vappie (banjo, guitar), Jon Batiste (piano), Carlos Henriquez (bass), and Ali Jackson (drums).

Originally recorded in the 1920s, Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Hot Sevens sides are still hailed as some of the greatest and most influential jazz sessions ever captured; musicians obsess over their warmth, wit, and joy to this day. Now, Marsalis—another acclaimed New Orleans trumpeter—reimagines classics from those sessions like “Basin Street Blues,” “St. James Infirmary,” and “Heebie Jeebies” for a whole new generation of audiences.

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THE JUNGLE – SYMPHONY NO.4

Wynton Marsalis

“New York City is the most fluid, pressure-packed, and cosmopolitan metropolis the modern world has ever seen,” says Wynton Marsalis. No wonder, then, that the city inspired what is perhaps the composer’s greatest work to date. The Jungle, his fourth symphony, received its first recorded release this past May on Blue Engine Records.

Captured in 2019, this inspired performance of The Jungle was conducted by Nicholas Buc and features The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Melbourne’s Hamer Hall.

Marsalis’ masterwork highlights the paradoxes that define New York City, where wealth and poverty, grit and romance, and unlimited growth and stagnation all coexist. But it’s also a meditation on what being human means today—a wide-scale attempt to understand the maelstrom of modern life and remind listeners of what brings us together.

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The Power of the Spirit

This hard-swinging, high-flying live album from emerging piano talent Isaiah J. Thompson captures a rollicking night in Dizzy’s Club.

The Music of Wayne Shorter

Listen to the legendary saxophonist’s only performances alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

Live in Cuba

The album that started it all. Blue Engine’s first release bottles the magic of the JLCO’s historic, celebrated first performances in Havana.

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