Good jazz is based on emotion. At its best, it colors outside the lines.
Standards become starting points for interpretations that are often, as on this Wynton Marsalis collection, comforting but seldom challenging, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Comforting music is important, even in something as intrinsically non-mainstream as jazz. The prolific, Pulitzer Prize-winning, New Orleans-born trumpet player and composer is credited as one of the people who “saved” traditional jazz in the 1980s and early 1990s. Along with 30 or so jazz albums, he’s recorded 16 classical albums and has nine Grammy awards, several in each genre.