Wynton Marsalis has just released his latest album, a sprawling, 53-track jazz odyssey called The Ever Fonky Lowdown.

The internationally renowned trumpeter and composer describes the extended, conceptual composition as a “groundbreaking, satirical look at democratic freedom, abuse of power, racism and cultural corruption.”

Performed with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Ever Fonky Lowdown features vocalists Christie Dashiell, Ashley Pezzotti, Camille Thurman and Doug Wamble.

The album also includes narration by actor Wendell Pierce (The Wire, Treme, Jack Ryan), who plays the role of the main character “Mr. Game,” whose commentary throughout the record “reveals the ‘hustle’ that keeps us at each other’s throats and prevents us from working together to build a more equitable and friendly world,” according to a press release.

Musically, the record is a “funky jazz parable” that draws from the music of Marsalis’s father, Ellis Marsalis, and New Orleans drummer and composer James Black in the 1960s, along with the funk he enjoyed in the ’70s and the modern jazz he has played and taught for the last several decades.

The Ever Fonky Lowdown was first presented as an opera in 2018. It was released as an album exclusively on digital platforms this Friday, Aug. 21, via Blue Engine Records.