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Family Pride

When Ellis Marsalis and his son Jason went into a New Orleans studio in mid-February 2020 to make a duo album for Newvelle Records, they had no inkling that it would be the elder man’s final recording. “In fact,” says the younger Marsalis, “we were talking about going back to record some more things, put some more tunes down, and we were looking forward to doing it.””

Alas, it was not to be. Ellis Marsalis Jr., the patriarch of jazz’s most famous family,, the session that the pianist and his vibraphonist son had made six weeks earlier, stands as his last musical testament.

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