E.J. Strickland & Marcus Strickland: Double Album Release Party at Joe's Pub, NYC
The set provided an optimal balance between originals and covers. "Cuspy's Delight" was a driving, straight-ahead bop vehicle that found the musicians pushing the envelope further than they had during E.J.'s set. Outkast's hit "She's Alive" was given a bumpy balladic treatment, and Jaco Pastorius' "Portrait of Tracy" brought out some outright funk.
It was obvious throughout the evening that both Marcus and E.J. were thrilled to be playing their own material, and it was a joy to watch them. New York is renowned, perhaps beyond any other city in the world, as jazz oasis that nurtures young musicians as they develop their sound, and if that atmosphere continues to churn out great talent like Marcus and E.J., in addition to scintillating sounds like those on Idiosyncrasies and In This Day, we will all be the benefactors.
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