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Faith

Sherman Irby

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Album Review

Altoist Sherman Irby sounds quite comfortable with the trio that he uses on Faith (percussionist Khalil Kwame Bell is just on one number), but that is not surprising. The four musicians were longtime sidemen in the Roy Hargrove Quintet and, by 2004, they were a very tight outfit. Performing eight Irby originals, an obscurity, and "Wave," the musicians are all in excellent form. Chances are good that none of the altoist's tunes will catch on as future standards, though most have viable chord changes, but that should not stop fans of modern straight-ahead jazz from picking up this excellent and fairly creative CD.

Biography

Born: 24 March 1968 in Tuscaloosa, AL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Post-bop alto saxophonist Sherman Irby was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL; encouraged by his family to learn music, he initially chose to play the viola, moving on to a series of instruments including guitar and piano before finally settling on the sax as a teen, soon becoming infatuated with jazz. While attending Clark-Atlanta University, Irby studied classical music, but also was a standout in the school's jazz orchestra. Despite graduating with a degree in music education, he refused to enter...
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Faith, Sherman Irby
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 2004

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