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On January 8, 2008, Blue Note Records released, “Two Men With the Blues”
Willie Nelson – vocals and guitar Wynton Marsalis – trumpet and vocals Mickey Raphael – harmonica Walter Blanding – saxophone Dan Nimmer – piano Carlos Henriquez – bass Ali Jackson Jr. – drums
“These songs, heard this way with this group—that’s never been done before. Whatever I’m doing, if you put Wynton and these guys around it, that brings it up to a different level.” – Willie Nelson
A first-time collaboration between two American icons, Willie & Wynton discover common ground in their love of jazz standards & the blues on this sparkling set that brims with spontaneity, congeniality & fun.
Wynton wears crisp suits, reads sheet music and is the musical director of New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center. Willie wears crumpled jeans, wings it onstage and runs his concert venue, Willie’s Place, out of a truck stop in Abbott, Texas.
So what exactly do these music legends have in common? The blues, of course. Wynton Marsalis, 46, and Willie Nelson, 75, are the two men on the new CD “Two Men With the Blues,” a live recording culled from two concerts they played at Lincoln Center last year.
“I like playing with Wynton,” says Nelson, “because you know the piano player won’t show up drunk, and whatever comes out of it, it’ll be worth the listen.” They are playing venues including the Hollywood Bowl and “The Tonight Show” between breaks on Nelson’s tour and Marsalis’s Lincoln Center duties. Recently, the two chatted with NEWSWEEK’s Lorraine Ali in Nelson’s second homeâ€”his airbrushed, tricked-out tour bus:
ALI: Your collaboration has been described as “a summit meeting between two American icons.”
NELSON: I like the way they put that.
MARSALIS: I’m not an icon, he is.
NELSON: I thought an icon was one of those things on your computer screen. I’m not one of those.
MARSALIS: OK, I say this modestlyâ€”this is a historic event. It’s not a big surprise to have Wynton and Willie playing together, but to have this much attention for it, that’s a surprise.
But the attention makes sense: both of you are highly respected, and Willie, you can’t go anywhere without being recognized. NELSON: I’m offended if I don’t get recognized. I say, “Hey, man, don’t you know who I am? Perhaps you didn’t realize.”
MARSALIS: My son always says, “I want to repudiate you, Dad, but nobody knows who you are. When I have to explain who I’m repudiating, it’s not really worth it.”
Willie, I imagine you as an off-the-cuff player, but with Wynton, there’s the whole issue of keeping time. Is that a problem?
NELSON: Well, it’s a little different than when we just go up there and wing it for four hours and play requests. This has to be exactly right, especially because Wynton and the guys are reading off pieces of paper, and I’m just up there trying to remember words. These guys have a lot more to do and think about than I do. For me, it’s a free ride on top of their rhythm and rockin’.
MARSALIS: He’ll come in with a phrase, and we’ll think, “Uh-oh, he ain’t gonna make it fit.” And then he’ll collect it on the back end. It’s like somebody jukin’ or fakin’ on a basketball court. They take you this way, then come back that way. He’ll come in perfectly on key, on time, and we’re, like, “Damn!” It’s so natural and true.
Do you see yourself as an odd couple?
MARSALIS: No. As musicians, we like a lot of the same things.
NELSON:Â Louis Jordan’s “Caldonia.”
MARSALIS: Yeah, that’s right, or “Saturday Night Fish Fry.” See, we came up on the same sounds
Music aside, personality-wise, how is it working together? Is one of you…
NELSON: On drugs?
That’s not exactly where I was going.
MARSALIS: We really follow each other. I think we’re gracious that way. There’s no crazy soloing over one another.
NELSON: We [Nelson and his harmonica player] can’t play anything more than they [Marsalis and his quartet] can play. There’s only so many chords, and they know ‘em better than we do. Honestly, I don’t read music that well. Or I don’t read well enough to hurt my playing, as the old joke goes.
MARSALIS: And it’s not like we need to translate. We’re coming from the same American experience. The songs he picked to play,”Bright Lights, Big City,” “Basin Street Blues”we don’t need an arrangement for those. The grooves we play are shuffle grooves, swing. We grew up playing that music. There wasn’t one time where we had to stop and say, “Willie, what do you mean?” We are together.
NELSON: Even though some of us may not look all that together.
I heard you two barely rehearse.
MARSALIS: Willie doesn’t do two or three takes. Just once, and then, “That’s good, gentlemen.” That’s how we play. We record live.
NELSON: If you can play, then what do you want to rehearse for? Just play.
Willie, you still tour like mad. How different are the shows with Wynton?
NELSON: Honestly, it’s a lot easier for me to come out and work with Wynton and his guys, because in my shows I’ll go out and play for two hours or more. With Wynton, they’ve already played for an hour and a half before I come out. I come out and do the last 30 minutes, and all of a sudden I’ve had a great night.
Wynton, was there any sort of intimidation factor in working with a legend like Willie?
MARSALIS: I’ve been around musicians all my life. My daddy was a musician, and we played all kind of gigs. I played with philharmonic orchestras when I was 22 years old. That’s intimidating! This man is natural. He makes you feel at home. When he comes to rehearsal, there’s not 65 people around him, scurrying to make it all right.
NELSON: Send in the dogs to clear the place out first.
MARSALIS: It’s not like that. He’s very approachable.
NELSON: We used to work in clubs where we had to build up the crowd. We’d hop from table to table, have a drink with everybody, hoping they’d show up tomorrow night. By the time you made your rounds you’re about half drunk.
MARSALIS: How could you not love this man?
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard brought the house down at the 56th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday night (Jan. 26), and it’s looking like the trio of country music legends will carry that momentum back to the recording studio.
Before they performed “Highwayman,” “Okie From Muskogee” and “Mamma’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” — the latter inspired the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce and Yoko Ono to stand and sway — the icons told Billboard a collaborative album is in the works.
We’re working on one now, yeah,” Nelson said, adding that they’ll release it “as soon as we get it together.”
While they do have shared histories, the three have never collaborated on the same record, as far as we can tell. Nelson is the common thread, having worked with Kristofferson in The Highwaymen and with Haggard on 1983′s chart-topping “Pancho & Lefty.” There have been plenty of other projects over the years, but doesn’t appear Kristofferson and Haggard have ever joined forces.
Meanwhile, asked about a new law in Colorado allowing the sale of recreational marijuana, the trio’s resident pot booster said there’s a whiff of inevitability in the air. “It’s just a matter of time till the whole country will wake up and realize that this is where we’re going and get ready for it,” Nelson said.
This behinds the scenes footage shows Ray Charles recording with Willie Nelson, Van Morrison and Michael McDonald (not at same time), for his ‘Genius Loves Company’ album. What beautiful voices.
In 2004 Ray Charles recorded Genius Loves Company, which consisted of duets of Charles and other artists, personally selected by him. It was the last album he completed before his death.Â It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. At the Grammys on February 13, 2005, it won eight awards, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for the song “Here We Go Again”.
Genius Loves Company was produced as a collaboration of Concord Records and Hear Music, the music label of the coffee chain Starbucks. The great commercial success of the album (over 5.5 million copies were sold worldwide up to 2007) has been attributed in part to it being distributed and promoted via Starbucks coffeehouses.
- “Here We Go Again” with Norah Jones
- “Sweet Potato Pie” with James Taylor
- “You Don’t Know Me” with Diana Krall
- “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” with Elton John
- “Fever” with Natalie Cole
- “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?” with Bonnie Raitt
- “It Was a Very Good Year” with Willie Nelson
- “Hey Girl” with Michael McDonald
- “Sinner’s Prayer” with B.B.King
- “Heaven Help Us All” with Gladys Knight
- “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” with Johnny Mathis
- “Crazy Love” with Van Morrison
by: Wendy Geller
Texas musical institution Ray Benson, who’s also known as the front man of Western Swing legends Asleep at the Wheel, has a lot of accolades to his name (including nine Grammy awards and a heavyweight producer’s resume). He also has a lot of cool friends to his name that he’s collected in his music journey.
Benson combines both of these in his second solo release (his first in quite some years!), A Little Piece, on which he duets with none other than Willie Nelson on the tune “It’ Ain’t You.” The song is particularly special as it’s a Waylon Jennings/Gary Nicholson composition that’s never been recorded. Co-writer Nicholson terms Benson and Nelson a brilliant combo on his tune: “I love that…two of my favorite voices of all time duet on this,” he notes.
We at Our Country are excited to offer you the first listen to the duet, which we are sure will put a little twang into your day. Benson’s full set will hit the streets January 21. He’ll also be heading out for a handful of live dates this month; check here if you’d like to keep up with his schedule.