Marcus Strickland: Moon Ruler


Moon Ruler


Marcus Strickland (tenor sax, soprano sax)


Twi-Life (Strick Muzik SMK 001)

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

Composed by Marcus Strickland


Recorded: February 20th, 2006


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

On this drum and bass inspired song, E.J. Strickland holds it down for everyone involved. Marcus opens up the song with a simple melody, which is then doubled up by bassist Brad Jones. After the drum and bass theme, the band kicks back into a nice funk groove, where Brad Jones sounds a little like Paul Jackson of Headhunters fame. Lund throws on the effects during the funk part adding the last ingredient. Marcus really excels when he plays in the upper register of the tenor and this tune is a perfect example. Lund follows Strickland with yet another deep, interesting solo. His playing on the second disc of this album really does it for me. He really elevates when its his turn to solo. This track showcases some great playing from everyone involved. Pour one out for this highly slept on group of players.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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