Marquis Hill, Soul Sign Instrumental

AstroFuturism? Yes. A twist on the AfroFuturism that is the essence of the dreamy mixtape from Marquis Hill, the Monk-winning trumpeter who provides a featherbed of a companion piece to 2020's spoken word-angled Soul Sign. For download, Soul Sign …

Published: 20 Feb 2021. Updated: 16 days.

AstroFuturism? Yes. A twist on the AfroFuturism that is the essence of the dreamy mixtape from Marquis Hill, the Monk-winning trumpeter who provides a featherbed of a companion piece to 2020's spoken word-angled Soul Sign. For download, Soul Sign Instrumental works particularly well loungin' because its essential sound ranges through modal to an understated rhythm blend. Hill's, oh, Wallace Roney-type horn approach is attractive for its timbral agility and warmth throughout but this is about the mix not about acoustic bop. Beyond soundscapery Hill does not just play groove all the time. Grrr: expect a lion roar or two, or is dat a pussycat? And even a phone chirrup or two. The album ''underscores resilient elementals, energies in terms of fire, water, air, and earth”. The Marquisite requisite is 'Libra - I Balance - Venus' because of the guitar part and vocal piquancy that marks a step change at the point in the record and where Hill's part is particularly blissed out. SG. Download from Bandcamp

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In the mix with Craig Harris and Mark Isham for Judas and the Black Messiah

Radio choice: really very stimulating show here on NTS via Mixcloud featuring trombone hero Craig Harris, ex-Muhal, Ra, super cool with the great David Murray down the years and on such classics as Murray's Steps. Craig is on the show with Mark …

Published: 19 Feb 2021. Updated: 16 days.

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Radio choice: really very stimulating show here on NTS via Mixcloud featuring trombone hero Craig Harris, ex-Muhal, Ra, super cool with the great David Murray down the years and on such classics as Murray's Steps. Craig is on the show with Mark Isham who was in the horn section on seriously happening Van Morrison classic 'Bright Side of the Road' who also sailed away on the modal revelation that is Blue Sun. Harris and Isham wrote the music for the just released Shaka King directed political thriller Judas and the Black Messiah. Shaka steers the conversation and weaves in primo jazz cuts among generous slices drawn from the new film's soundtrack itself as Harris and Isham spiel.