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Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life: Nihil Novi

Read "Nihil Novi" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When you wipe away all of the minutiae and technical matters involved with the recording process, there are really only two schools of thought on the subject: You either aim to capture what's literally there or you choose to produce something that's not. Everything else is semantics and dealing with variants, mixtures, and/or a balance between the two. Those who aim to strictly capture are trying to bottle true-to-life sound, and those who produce prefer to use those sounds as ...

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Marcus Strickland at Bohemian Caverns, Washington, D.C.

Read "Marcus Strickland at Bohemian Caverns, Washington, D.C." reviewed by David Lighton

Marcus Strickland TrioBohemian CavernsWashington, D.C.May 1, 2010

The current stream of tenor saxophonists is often lamented by older generations of musicians and fans alike as decidedly postmodern: producing artifice over art. And while this has been a frequent, and often unfounded critique of the old guard's throughout the history of the music, it perhaps has new resonance today. Technique has reached ever-dazzling heights in the advent of the super-musician. As such, it is not surprising that Chris ...

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E.J. Strickland & Marcus Strickland: Double Album Release Party at Joe's Pub, NYC

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E.J. Strickland Quintet & Marcus Strickland TrioJoe's PubNew York, New YorkAugust 21, 2009At a recent Christian McBride show, the bassist professed good-humored jealousy over the Strickland family “getting all the gigs," then invited saxophonist Marcus to sit in. Having witnessed the performances of twin brothers Marcus and E.J. (drums) with their respective groups at Joe's Pub, it is no surprise that from even a busy musician's perspective the Strickland family would seem to have a ...

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Marcus Strickland: Open Reel Deck

Read "Open Reel Deck" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In an All About Jazz.com article titled “What the #%! Happened to Black Popular Music?," the question was articulated on the current state of African American popular music with insights on its past, present, and future. Whether you're nostalgic and miss the sounds of Motown or have a love/hate relationship with the current music scene, the debate will undoubtedly continue. But jazz saxophonist Marcus Strickland could unknowingly be answering part of the question on Open Reel Deck .

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Marcus Strickland: Twi-Life

Read "Twi-Life" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Twi-Life, an impressively packaged double album featuring two different bands headed by Marcus Strickland, is the initial release of Strickland's own label, Strick Muzik. The Marcus Strickland quartet plays on disc one, where the reedist is backed by pianist Robert Glasper, bassist Vincente Archer and his brother, E. J. Strickland, on drums. Starting the disc with Wayne Shorter's “Oriental Folk Song (from the 1964 Blue Note record Night Dreamer) really sets the tone for the rest of ...

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Marcus Strickland Quartets: Twi-Life

Read "Twi-Life" reviewed by John Kelman

Twi-Life, Marcus Strickland's third album and the first for his newly created Strick Muzik imprint, offers a glimpse at two aspects of the saxophonist's ever-widening range. The first disc is a relatively straight-ahead date with his quartet featuring pianist Robert Glasper and bassist Vicente Archer, while the second introduces his Twi-Life group with bassist Brad Jones and guitarist Lage Lund. Both quartets feature Strickland's twin brother EJ on drums--and, like other noteworthy twins such as Nels and Alex Cline or ...

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Marcus Strickland: Twi-Life

Read "Marcus Strickland: Twi-Life" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Marcus Strickland Quartets Twi-Life Strick Muzik 2006 Marcus Strickland is one of today's brightest young saxophone stars, still unfamiliar to many listeners. Rejecting the easy option of reheating jazz music's past glories, he's intent on following his own path.

Strickland's track record over the past few years has been impressive. He's learnt from elder statesman Michael Carvin (Marsalis Music), recorded with trumpeter Dave Douglas (on Keystone) and drummer Jeff “Tain" Watts ...


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