Trumpet player Corey Wilkes was just 24 when saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell recruited him to join the Art Ensemble of Chicago in 2003, four years after Lester Bowie's passing. Since then he has demonstrated remarkable technical and creative ability, serving as a sideman in James Carter's Quintet, Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra and Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble. He also leads his own straight-ahead Quintet, the neo-soul outfit Black Slang and the forward thinking sextet Abstrakt Pulse, featured on Cries From Tha Ghetto, Wilkes' sophomore effort--a far more adventurous affair than his funky debut, Drop It ...read more
Trumpeter Corey Wilkes has been garnering considerable attention on the Chicago jazz scene in the last few years as a sideman with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Kahil El' Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Fred Anderson. Drop It, Wilkes' debut as a leader, finds the young lion exploring an array of contemporary, funk-laden compositions with a talented cast of like-minded cohorts.
The Langston Hughes poem Trumpet Player," read by Miyanda Wilson, is a fitting invitation to the musical conception put forth on the disc. The mellow opener features Wilkes' languid muted trumpet, unhurried and impressively lyrical. ...read more
It was in 2002 that Corey Wilkes (trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet) made his presence on the Chicago jazz scene. His strengths as a musician soon ushered him into the seat left behind by Lester Bowie with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. He has filled that spot remarkably well just as he has added more fire to Kahil El' Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. There is a lot more to his cannon, including stints with Fred Anderson and Wynton Marsalis which show his ease of assimilation, as well as playing with DJ Logic and Soulive. His interests are wide, and this is the ...read more
At just 29 years of age, Corey Wilkes has emerged as the next big thing in the trumpet world. This isn't a career path similar to Wynton Marsalis, nor Roy Harper, for that matter. Wilkes, an Illinois native, may be the reincarnation of the master, Lester Bowie. In fact, he has distinguished himself in the trumpet seat for Art Ensemble of Chicago and with Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensembles. He can also be heard with Rob Marzurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, Nicole Mitchell, Evan Parker, DJ Logic, and Tortoise.
Certainly with that resume, more out than in might be ...read more
As the man who took on Lester Bowie's mantle in the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Corey Wilkes is clearly not averse to a challenge. He's also a musician with an above average grasp of where the music's come from and a clear idea of where he wants to take it. As a trumpet player he's already got a lot of what it takes, a personal way of phrasing and an acute ear for a melodic line, and on this his debut disc he sets out his stall while putting down a marker for the future.
That said, there is a ...read more