Marius Billgobenson is a performer with a heartfelt and spontaneous songwriting approach, yet his music blurs the lines between high-level musicianship and raw, creative instinct. His 2017 album, The Sum of My Pardon, is a really accomplished project that has a strong, poignant tone and beautiful production.
Along with his trusted group, Billgobenson set out to craft a record that truly redefines the boundaries of jazz, incorporating elements as diverse as R&B, world music, blues and a lot more. The album actually feels like an intriguing musical journey. Throughout the span of 13 tracks, it feels like a round the world cruise, from a jazz club in New Orleans to a block party somewhere in Africa. In spite of the diverse approach to production, the album has smooth transitions, giving it a cohesive feel. Ultimately, this release is a wonderful showcase of Billgobenson's abilities and a testament to what jazz can be when other genres kick in. Billgobenson has a rich, emotionally uplifting voice, making these songs accessible to a mainstream crowd. What they will hear is a healthy dose of eclecticism and thrilling lesson in musical multiculturalism.
The Sum of My Pardon; Show Me the Way to Shine; Bamama Lunikuna; Happy Man in My Singing Woodlands; The Kingdom for
Love; Seeking Togetherness; Bula; I Gotta Go; Muti Wa Buti Maka; Summertimes; Kissing Your Love Again; Katanga; Baye Baya.