Marcus Strickland: Oriental Folk Song

"Oriental Folk Song" is based on a Japanese folk melody but sheds its original skin for a more modern sound. Originally penned and performed by the legendary Wayne Shorter for his first Blue Note release, Night Dreamer, it is here interpreted by the rising saxophonist and composer Marcus Strickland.

Skipping the head, Marcus gets right to business and begins his solo over Vicente Archer's double-stop bassline. When the tenorist increases his intensity, his twin, E.J. Strickland, provides more crashes and patterns for Marcus to play over. It would be easy to let a tune like this go stale in a pianoless trio, but Marcus and E.J. complement each other perfectly. It seems as if E.J. always has a rhythmic retort for each of his brother's lines, giving him more fuel for improvisation. As Marcus carries his solo into the original melody of the tune, his rhythm section shares his intensity and provides a powerful conclusion, only to fade into silence as Marcus does the same.

March 31, 2009 · 0 comments


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