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E.J. Strickland

For over 16 years drummer, composer, and bandleader E.J. Strickland has toured, performed, & recorded with The Ravi Coltrane Quartet, The Marcus Strickland Quartet & Trio, The Russell Malone Quartet, & countless other world renown artists. He currently leads his own bands The E.J. Strickland Quintet & The E.J. Strickland Project. His playing has been described as emitting “fields of cumulative energy, clouds of feather-touch and heavy-handed syncopations, latent with power like an oncoming storm” (Thomas Conrad, Downbeat Magazine). He attended high school at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and then The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music for his college years. His style is one of versatility, drawing from many different genres: Jazz, World Music, Hip-Hop, Afro-Cuban Music, etc.. His discography includes over 30 albums with various recording artists, as well as his long-anticipated debut album In This Day (Strick Muzik), released in 2009: “Far from a simple collection of tracks, In This Day is a unified and thoughtful work, the songs’ elegant trajectory creating a logical thematic progression…. Not purely a straight ahead drummer, Strickland distills a variety of styles to propel equally diverse compositional influences” (Ken Micallef, Downbeat Magazine).

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“fields of cumulative energy, clouds of feather-touch and heavy-handed syncopations, latent with power like an oncoming storm” (Thomas Conrad, Downbeat Magazine)

“Far from a simple collection of tracks, In This Day is a unified and thoughtful work, the songs’ elegant trajectory creating a logical thematic progression…. Not purely a straight ahead drummer, Strickland distills a variety of styles to propel equally diverse compositional influences” (Ken Micallef, Downbeat Magazine)

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Lights Are Always...

Challenge Records
2022

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Time Traveler

Origin Records
2021

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Solace

Mullsoul Music Records
2021

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The Way We Are Created

Inner Circle Music
2021

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Chimes of Freedom

Challenge Records
2019

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The Undying Spirit

Self Produced
2015

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The Lights Are Always On

From: The Lights Are Always On
By E.J. Strickland

Time Traveler

From: Time Traveler
By E.J. Strickland

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