Marcus Strickland: Majesty




Marcus Strickland (tenor sax, soprano sax)


Twi-Life (Strick Muzik SMK 001)

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Marcus Strickland (tenor sax, soprano sax), E.J. Strickland (drums), Brad Jones (bass), Lage Lund (guitar).

Composed by Marcus Strickland


Recorded: February 20th, 2006


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Marcus Strickland has emerged over the last eight years as one of the freshest saxophonists on the scene. Calling New York his home since coming from Miami to attend New School in the late 1990s, Strickland recorded this double disc offering Twi-Life over the course of 2005 and 2006. The first disc featured Robert Glasper on piano and Vicente Archer on bass with E.J. Strickland playing drums on both discs. This tune opens up with a happy melody aided heavily by E.J.'s great playing. I like hearing Marcus with a guitarist, I think it sounds just as good as his playing with the piano-led rhythm section on the first disc.

Lage Lund follows Marcus's solo with a nasty solo of his own. His tone is very warm and clean, making the solo that much more inviting. Without Marcus, this band sounds like a crazy Pat Metheny trio, nice all around. I highly recommend this album!

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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