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.
Track Listing: 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.
Rhythm Abstraction: Azure is the first volume of new compositions created as a follow up to 2018’s
release Rhythm Kaleidoscope. As with that release, Brock Avery improvised drum and percussion
solos. Frank Macchia then composed music for woodwinds and orchestra to Brock’s creations. Azure
is the first of three extended play albums of 6-7 compositions which will be released starting in
January and followed up in April and July. In Azure we have a created a group of pieces that continue
our quest for honoring the art of improvisation with a “stream-of-consciousness” sense of
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