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Marquis Hill

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From his beginnings as one of Chicago’s most thrilling young trumpeters, to his current status as an internationally renowned musician, composer and bandleader, Marquis Hill has worked tirelessly to break down the barriers that divide musical genres. Contemporary and classic jazz, hip-hop, R&B, Chicago house, neo-soul—to Hill, they’re all essential elements of the profound African-American creative heritage he’s a part of. “It all comes from the same tree,” he says. “They simply blossomed from different branches.” That mission to bring styles together, complemented by Hill’s absolute mastery of his instrument, is a through line connecting his many achievements

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Label: Open Mic Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: There Are Thorns

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New Gospel Revisited

Label: Edition Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Intro; Law And Order; Walter Speaks (featuring Walter Smith III); The Believer; Oracle (featuring Kendrick Scott); New Gospel; Lullaby (featuring Joel Ross); Autumn; New Paths; A Portrait Of Fola; Perpetual (featuring Harish Raghavan); The Thump; Farewell (featuring James Francies).

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The Parable Of The Poet

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Prayer; Guilt; Choices; Wail; The Impetus (To Be And Do Better); Doxology (Hope); Benediction.

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The New Black

Label: Lair Hill Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Introduction; The New Black; Tilmon Tones; Foresight; For Heaven's Sake; The New Bop; Einbahnstrasse; Blue in Green; Freedom Dance; Opening Conversation.

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Article: Live Review

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022

Read "Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 2022" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Various Venues Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 30-July 4, 2022 Like everything else, the Covid-19 pandemic stopped the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in its tracks. Forced to cancel the 2020 festival, they instead presented a four-day virtual festival online on June 27-30. Another abbreviated ...

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Article: Album Review

Darrell Grant: The New Black

Read "The New Black" reviewed by Paul Rauch


Pianist Darrell Grant's debut album Black Art (Criss Cross) was released in 1994, and became acclaimed as one of the definitive statements of New York jazz in the 1990s. It featured bassist Christian McBride, drummer Brian Blade, and the late, great Wallace Roney on trumpet—all of whom would go on to make major statements of their ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players

Read "Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players" reviewed by Leo Sidran


From an early age, Walter Smith III began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in jny:Houston]} with another saxophonist. I took a solo on &#147;Blue Bossa." It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?" <br /><br ...

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Article: Book Review

Ugly Beauty: Jazz In The 21st Century

Read "Ugly Beauty: Jazz In The 21st Century" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Ugly Beauty: Jazz in The 21st Century Phil Freeman 250 Pages ISBN: 978 1 78904 632 8 ZerO Books 2022 There is a scene in Douglas Adams' book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Pan Books, 1979) where a computer named Deep Thought is about to reveal the answer ...

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Article: Album Review

New Standard Jazz Orchestra: Waltz About Nothing

Read "Waltz About Nothing" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Since trumpeter Rob Parton's superlative JazzTech Big Band left the scene more than a decade ago, Chicagoans have been left to wonder when, or even if, another ensemble of that caliber would arrive to fill the void left by its departure. In 2020, their hopes were realized with the formation of the New Standard Jazz Orchestra, ...


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