, Strickland found time to headline his own groups in New York City. Fruitful gigs ripe with inventive ideas gave birth to this release, which showcases a first-call quintet of new heaviesbrother Marcus (tenor sax), Jaleel Shaw
's African Rhythms; meditative spoken word by Cheray O'Neal ("Eternal" and "In Faith"); and Afro-Cuban influences and contemporary rhythms ("Angular Realms") that are prismatic beams of the drummer's depth and influences.
Strickland is not just a superior player but also a careful listener and composer, allowing not only his quintet but others to shine, such as Pedro Martinez on his infectious djembe, which flows in harmony with Tia Fuller
Whether it is cyclonic sessions, lush ballads, or spiritual musings, the set has a unique personality that is wide-ranging, logical, and at times brilliant. A very noteworthy debut from the equally talented, other Strickland brother, E.J.
Track Listing: Abandoned Discovery; Asante; Eternal (intro); Eternal; Pedrito's
Prelude; New Beginning's; In Faith; In This Day; Angular Realms;
Find Myself; Wrong Turn; Illusions; Robin (intro); Robin Fly
Personnel: E.J. Strickland: drums; Jaleel Shaw: alto sax; Hans Glawischnig:
acoustic and electric basses; Luis Perdomo: piano, keyboards; David
Gilmore: guitar (9, 13); Pedro Martinez: congas, djembe (2, 5, 6,
12); Yosvany Terryl: tenor sax, chekere, bell (6); Charenee Wade:
vocals (3); Cheray O'Neal-Mamazun: spoken word (3, 7); Tia Fuller
(12); Brandee Younger: harp (13).