The great trumpet player gave a masterful performance here in Gainesville Florida at the Phillips Center. Marsalis and his Jazz band entertained as controlled frenzies of cool jazz phrases surreally squeezed out of their horns, bass, and piano. Each musician seemed to have their own special moment to solo and wow the crowded Center. All faces seemed thrilled and happy to be in the room with musical greatness. Mythical skill and poise were present, the air conducted the notes through the space and into our jazz-head souls. Fierce notes fire through his brutal-cubistic horn and chop straight through the scores to the the night’s performances delightful end.
-E. A. WILLIAMS