15 Songs, 1 Hour 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

During 31-year-old trumpeter Marquis Hill’s formative years as a teenage music student in Chicago, his jazz, R&B, and hip-hop heroes were combining genres from all directions at once. Hill’s emergence after that stylistically inventive period shows on this acoustic cross-genre outing, which has an easy, velvety smoothness to it. Horn voicings from the classic post-bop era frame spoken-word artists such as M'reld Green and Brandon Alexander Williams, who perform with the rhythmic variety and melodicism of jazz singers. Hill, a 2014 Monk Institute Competition winner, doesn’t make heroics of either tradition or modernity, instead delicately honoring them both with a flow rooted in his deepest experience.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

During 31-year-old trumpeter Marquis Hill’s formative years as a teenage music student in Chicago, his jazz, R&B, and hip-hop heroes were combining genres from all directions at once. Hill’s emergence after that stylistically inventive period shows on this acoustic cross-genre outing, which has an easy, velvety smoothness to it. Horn voicings from the classic post-bop era frame spoken-word artists such as M'reld Green and Brandon Alexander Williams, who perform with the rhythmic variety and melodicism of jazz singers. Hill, a 2014 Monk Institute Competition winner, doesn’t make heroics of either tradition or modernity, instead delicately honoring them both with a flow rooted in his deepest experience.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

Maestro 5 ,

Good Jazz

I totally agree with you Das Boone about listing the musician.

Das Boone ,

Great

Excellent new sounds from one of the fine young players these days. At only 30, one has to wonder in what directions and movements are ahead for Mr. Hill. So cool the traditions being honored and expanded upon here....BTW - when it comes to Jazz reviews, whould it kill the itunes writers to mention and list the players in the group?

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