15 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dark-toned trumpet and flugelhorn player Marquis Hill hails from Chicago's south side and has been lighting up the Windy City scene in recent years. Here, on his third album, the 26-year-old leader plays a modern, technically demanding, and stylistically straight-ahead jazz espoused by Wynton Marsalis and others. Backed by his working sextet, Hill and saxophonist Christopher McBride take a majority of the solos—nicely complementing each other on “B-Tune,” “Vella,” and on the Bill Lee song “Again Never.” Hand percussionist Juan Pastor joins the band for three numbers, bringing a Latin edge and earthy sense of energy to tunes like “The Color of Fear.” Interestingly, there are several shorter tunes with fades, revealing an artist who likes his music to cut to the heart of the matter and get out. Or he simply likes to share a vibe, as he does in a series of interludes. True to the title, the opening and closing pieces feature bits of poetry, which are as tasteful as the rest of this.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dark-toned trumpet and flugelhorn player Marquis Hill hails from Chicago's south side and has been lighting up the Windy City scene in recent years. Here, on his third album, the 26-year-old leader plays a modern, technically demanding, and stylistically straight-ahead jazz espoused by Wynton Marsalis and others. Backed by his working sextet, Hill and saxophonist Christopher McBride take a majority of the solos—nicely complementing each other on “B-Tune,” “Vella,” and on the Bill Lee song “Again Never.” Hand percussionist Juan Pastor joins the band for three numbers, bringing a Latin edge and earthy sense of energy to tunes like “The Color of Fear.” Interestingly, there are several shorter tunes with fades, revealing an artist who likes his music to cut to the heart of the matter and get out. Or he simply likes to share a vibe, as he does in a series of interludes. True to the title, the opening and closing pieces feature bits of poetry, which are as tasteful as the rest of this.

TITLE TIME
2:04
3:24
1:23
4:07
3:03
1:52
4:12
0:48
4:34
6:08
5:54
1:42
0:49
1:46
2:57

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

  • ORIGIN
    Chicago, IL
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    1987

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