10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Black Notes from the Deep, saxophonist Courtney Pine—accomplished crossbreeder of jazz, DJ culture, and global music influences—strikes a balance between moody acoustic ballads (“Rivers of Blood,” “How Many More”) and soulful, groove-oriented vocal tracks (“Rules,” “In Another Time”). Anchored by his versatile core band (pianist Robert Mitchell, bassist Alec Dankworth, drummer Rod Youngs), Pine centers his bountifully melodic tenor-sax voice, doubling on flute to ethereal effect on “Darker Than the Blue” and “A Change Is Sure to Come.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Black Notes from the Deep, saxophonist Courtney Pine—accomplished crossbreeder of jazz, DJ culture, and global music influences—strikes a balance between moody acoustic ballads (“Rivers of Blood,” “How Many More”) and soulful, groove-oriented vocal tracks (“Rules,” “In Another Time”). Anchored by his versatile core band (pianist Robert Mitchell, bassist Alec Dankworth, drummer Rod Youngs), Pine centers his bountifully melodic tenor-sax voice, doubling on flute to ethereal effect on “Darker Than the Blue” and “A Change Is Sure to Come.”

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