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

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?

About Marquis Hill

Award-winning trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Marquis Hill is a highly skilled jazz musician with a bent toward soulful post-bop. A native of Chicago, Hill earned his B.A. in music education and jazz studies from Northern Illinois University in 2009. Three years later, he received his Master's degree in jazz pedagogy from DePaul University. A highly lauded performer, Hill won first place in both the 2012 International Trumpet Guild's Jazz Improvisation Competition and the 2013 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition. As a professional musician, he has performed with a wide array of artists including Benny Golson, Rodney Whitaker, Steve Turre, and others. He released his debut album, New Gospel, in 2011, followed by Sounds of the City in 2012. His third full-length album, The Poet, appeared in 2013. In 2014, Hill gained even further acclaim by winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute's International Jazz Competition. As part of his prize, Hill earned a recording contract with the Concord Music Group. On the heels of his win, he released his fourth studio album, the hip-hop-infused Modern Flows EP, Vol. 1. In 2016, he delivered his Concord debut, The Way We Play. ~ Matt Collar

HOMETOWN
Chicago, IL
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
1987

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