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E.J. Strickland Quintet: In This Day

Read "In This Day" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Dopo un lungo sodalizio accanto a Ravi Coltrane e collaborazioni ad alti livelli (Cassandra Wilson, Russell Malone, Freddie Hubbard) il batterista Enoch Jamal Strickland debutta in veste di leader con un lavoro variopinto e spigliato, tutto interno all'estetica modern mainstream senza essere per questo didascalico. Strickland guida un grintoso quintetto comprendente suo fratello Marcus al tenore ...


Signal to Noise: Tag

Read "Tag" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Assenza quasi totale di note di copertina - per scoprire musicisti e relativi strumenti bisogna porre attenzione alla lucida superficie del CD - una foto iperrealista che unisce la prima e la quarta di copertina, all'interno una sorta di geroglifico che partendo dal termine tag si apre a raggiera secondo una logica apparentemente derivativa e associativa. ...


E.J. Strickland: In This Day

Read "In This Day" reviewed by J Hunter

Thanks to his work with Ravi Coltrane, E.J. Strickland is well-established as a talented young percussionist. Coltrane plays producer on In This Day, Strickland's debut as a leader. His compositions display an encouraging focus, and his backup band gives the project a heavyweight punch. The disc's problems come on musical and conceptual detours that hinder the ...


E.J. Strickland: In This Day

Read "In This Day" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

For those familiar with E.J. Strickland, the anticipated In This Day is well worth the wait. A striking young drummer/composer, he is well-known for his brilliant work as a member of Ravi Coltrane's premier quartet and with other artists, including his twin brother, saxophonist Marcus Strickland. With agile omni-directional traps and emotive playing in the spirit ...


Marcus Strickland: Open Reel Deck

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

In an All About 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 ...


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 ...


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 ...

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 ...


Marcus Strickland Quartets: Twi-Life

Read "Twi-Life" reviewed by Jeff Stockton

It's telling that the first cut on disc one of Twi-Life is a Wayne Shorter cover. Marcus Strickland's acoustic quartet seems to draw inspiration from Shorter's classic Blue Note years and the contemporary Footprints Live band. And while this group doesn't quite reach that level of excitement or create as much dramatic tension, it comes close ...


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