Marcus Strickland

People of the Sun (JAZZ)

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People of the Sun

Marcus Strickland

Blue Note

602567923343

GEN 155975

JAZZ

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CD 14,04 €

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On People of the Sun, Strickland blazes down that trail fully at the helm of his music—performing, writing, and producing with his outrageously able Twi-Life band on deck—even as he sonically and socially traces the African diaspora from present to past in an effort to unpack his identity. "I'm thinking about where we came from," says Strickland, "and how that clashes and goes hand in hand with what we've created here as Black Americans." The result is an album that's busy and beautiful, inventive and contemplative, an amalgam of influences from West Africa (griot culture, Afrobeat, percussion) and America (post-bop, funk-soul, beat music) performed in the key of revelation. Another facet that sets the album part is Strickland's lesser-known woodwind obsession with the bass clarinet, which adds its noirish hues to so many of these songs.

Of course, genre doesn't mean much to Strickland—"Trying to fit into one has absolutely nothing to do with the progress of music," he declares—but origin does. And though his epiphany about not conforming to a particular sound may be recent, his roots and career have been bending toward that all along. Growing up in Miami, Strickland always thought of music "in a very mixed up way." He heard Haitian sounds, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and southern rap in the streets, while at home his dad would jump from Stevie to Coltrane to P-Funk on his reel-to-reel deck. Meanwhile, his mom put Marcus and his twin brother E.J. into art school so they'd be surrounded by proper "music nerds." The talent they nurtured there on saxophone and drums (respectively) propelled the pair on to The New School at just the right time: college was basically one wild jam session with likeminded upstarts like Robert Glasper, Keyon Harrold, and Bilal Oliver—guys who'd go on to remake jazz (and more) in their own post-modern musical image. "Something was brewing," recalls Strickland. "All I knew was whatever I was into, it was there. I was in the right place."

PERSONNEL:

MARCUS STRICKLAND, reed and its arragements, sopranino, alto and tenor saxes, bass clarinet, drum programming & keyboard
MITCH HENRY, keyboard
KYLE MILES, bass
CHARLES HAYNES, drummer
Guest Artist:
KEYON HARROLD, trumpeter
WEEDIE BRAIMAH, percussion
ORATORS BILAL, vocal
PHAROAH MONCHE, voxal
GREG TATE, vocal
AKIE BERMISS, vocal
JERMAINE HOLMES, vocal

TRACK LISTING:

01. Lullaby
02. Timing
03. People Of The Sun
04. On My Mind
05. Relentlessness
06. Marvelous
07. Black Love
08. Build
09. Cloaked In Controversy
10. Aim High
11. Spirit Of The Music