For me, about half of the compositions here successfully reflect the artistic visions of the painters that inspired the music.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
“They travel the world and have for years,” says Ellen Seeling, “sending the message that there are no women good enough to be in this organization.”
The show had an undercurrent that brought to the fore all the issues that have put Wynton Marsalis at the center of the culture wars.
By taking the stage with 15 musicians, none of whom is female, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra presents the music as segregated and outdated.
The disc’s assemblage of young and old pianists pays off — Handful of Keys is one of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra’s better efforts.