Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wynton Marsalis tunes dominate soundtrack for Ken Burns documentary on WW II, The War; series resumes Sun.

Tunes by Wynton Marsalis dominate the soundtrack for The War, a seven-part documentary directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

The film explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective. It follows ordinary men and women caught in one of the worst cataclysms in human history, says Burns at

Wynton recorded his tunes - Burns calls it a "massive suite" - with musicians Victor Goines, Walter Blanding, Jr., Carlos Henriques, Ali Jackson, Mark O’Connor, Bill Charlap, and slide guitarist Doug Wamble.

The score is evocative, bluesy and jazzy and often spooky.

Link to a video clip from the recording session, with Wynton and Ken Burns, at Wynton's site. Other clips from the film are available on the PBS web-site.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The War is a fantastic documentary. My grandfather served at Guadalcanal & the Battan Peninsula...I had no idea what that really meant until watching this series. He was an amazing man and a real hero!