Wynton Marsalis: Who Can I Turn To

Track

Who Can I Turn To

Artist

Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)

CD

Wynton Marsalis (Columbia 468708)

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Musicians:

Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Tony Williams (drums).

Composed by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

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Recorded: July 1981

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Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

This is the simplest and least ostentatious track on Wynton Marsalis's debut LP on Columbia, and it would be easy to overlook it. But the young lion shows here how captivating he can be just stating the melody. The poise and restraint he displays on this track would be remarkable at any age, but they are especially noteworthy coming from a teenager on his first session for a major label. Marsalis's tone is rich and deep, like a well-aged Napa cabernet, and he makes every note count. This musician gained so much attention early on for his virtuosity, that it's worthwhile revisiting "Who Can I Turn To?" to help us remember how succinct and tender the young trumpeter could be.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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