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From the soul. His 8th album as a leader offers more proof that saxophonist Michael Marcus digs down deep every time out. As adventurous as his biggest musical inspiration, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Marcus creates tone poems that swing. He wrote each piece for this album; some are tributes.
Swinging and applying muscular saxophone energy, the leader dedicates homages to John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy and Charlie Parker. Playing tenor on most tracks, Marcus gets his trio involved in the way things are supposed to work: swing a little, produce together as a team and encourage creativity along the way. They've been together for a few years. Rahn Burton was with Kirk. Consequently, the artists possess a cohesive force that eliminates rough edges. Seamless, and without one overly dominant voice, the ensemble works through a one-hour program that offers variety. Conguero Patato Valdes makes a substantial impact on the presentation, in that the ensemble is able to draw upon varying levels of tradition.
Marcus plays stritch (a straight alto sax) on three pieces and doubles up stritch & saxello on his brief "Psychic Circles." The program provides a rhythmic, contemporary groove; particularly on "We Are, Now" and "Midtown Sojourn."
Track Listing: Eternal All; The Zenith; Pinball; Golden Memory; Sunwheels; Moonvoices; Midtown Sojourn; Psychic Circles; Celestial Origins; We Are, Now.
Personnel: Michael Marcus- straight tenor saxophone, stritch, saxello; Rahn Burton- Hammond B3 organ; Nasheet Waits- drums; Carlos "Patato" Valdes- congas.
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com