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Marcus Strickland | Twi-Life (2 CDs)

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Twi-Life (2 CDs)

by Marcus Strickland

This double CD package offers a generous amount of interesting and diverse music to the listener, in addition to revealing Marcus' explorative nature. Featuring: Robert Glasper, Jeremy Pelt, E.J. Strickland, Lage Lund, Vicente Archer, Brad Jones
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Oriental Folk Song
5:41 $0.99
2. The Beast Within Beauty
7:53 $0.99
3. Thump & Cadence
10:10 $0.99
4. An Oasis of Bronze
5:13 $0.99
5. Sesame Street
9:19 $0.99
6. Smoothie
5:31 $0.99
7. Brooklyn Street Fair
10:19 $0.99
8. The Whole Page
6:40 $0.99
9. Majesty
3:29 $0.99
10. Shift
3:59 $0.99
11. Haile Selassie
6:23 $0.99
12. In Faith
6:57 $0.99
13. The Nottage Cottage
6:35 $0.99
14. Moon Ruler
7:38 $0.99
15. Glitch
5:36 $0.99
16. Paradigm
5:51 $0.99
17. Twi-Life
7:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
It has already been an exciting career for Miami-raised soprano and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, who has two releases on Fresh Sound New Talent Records as a leader ("At Last" and "Brotherhood") and currently plays with Dave Douglas, Jeff 'Tain' Watts and Michael Carvin. Strickland also recently ended a five year stint with legendary drummer Roy Haynes. Although the aspiring saxophonist has been on two grammy-nominated recordings in a row ("Fountain of Youth" - Roy Haynes & "Keystone" - Dave Douglas), the most intriguing part is that Strickland's career has just begun. This is definitely indicated by his latest venture... Strick Muzik - his own record label. And what could be a better way to launch a label than with an adventurous double CD project featuring two bands of his and appropriately titled with a play on words "Twi-Life".

The first disc features his acclaimed quartet with the inventive Robert Glasper on piano, Vicente Archer on bass and his twin brother E.J. Strickland on drums. Marcus' signature-styled compositions serve as a canvas upon which the quartet paints with telepathy and interaction. The second disc is the debut recording of his new Twi-Life Group: Lage Lund on guitar, Brad Jones on electric bass and E.J. Strickland on drums again. The Twi-Life group
displays the curious side of Marcus' compositional skills through funk, rock, ska and jungle grooves, while also showin' off the versatility of his twin brother E.J. on the drums. Twi-Life is the most venturous of Marcus' projects yet. The double CD package offers a whole lot of interesting music to the listener, in addition to revealing Marcus' explorative nature. The dedication put forth by Marcus and both of his talented groups, as indicated by the energy of their music, is a labor of love.

In middle school his first band teacher immediately recognized Marcus' talents. Because Strickland started on the alto saxophone at the age of 11 with a deep interest in jazz, his teacher already had him learning Charlie Parker solos by the age of 12. It was not long after that when both Marcus and his equally talented brother decided to pursue a career as jazz musicians. Because of the saxophonist's understanding of music education's importance, Strickland also participates in Jazz Reach - an educational program founded by Hans Schuman that integrates film, narration and live music to educate children about jazz.

He has gained professional & artistic integrity through experiences with Lonnie Plaxico, Nicholas Payton, Tom Harrell, The Carnegie Hall Big Band, The Mingus Band, the Village Vangaurd Band, Milt Jackson Big Band, The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra & Reggie Workman's African American Legacy Band.

The future is bright for Marcus Strickland and Strick Muzik.



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Greg Yuska

Expect to hear a great deal more of Marcus Strickland.
Expect to hear a great deal more of Marcus Strickland. He's demonstrated in this work that he is a force not to be ignored; but a musical spirit to be embraced.

Valarie T.

Strickland is phenomenal. The CD is riveting and exciting to listen to. Very pleasing and bursting with creativity, he can only be described as wonderfully gifted.

Walter Smith III

Congrats on launching your own label...from the clips that i've heard I think that this is going to be something serious man. I highly recommend Marcus as an artist and I'm sure that this project will be just as exciting as his previous ones...

Sheldon T. Nunn

This recording is a true original and stays close to artistic impression.
This recording is a true original and stays close to artistic impression ...Marcus Strickland is well on his way to becoming one of the finest jazz musicians of his time. His brilliant compositional skills and his unique sound, keeps the door open to traditional jazz as an art form. In these definite and trying times for ‘America’s most original art form,” finding a platform to speak from becomes increasingly difficult; however, Marcus Strickland’s talent will always find a way to be heard.

William Cote

Your music is great , both the compositions and the playing.
Your music is great , both the compositions and the playing. I like your
appreciation for Wayne Shorter...

Preston Miles

"Smoothie" was a big hit with me!
The other night I planned a very romantic dinner for two with my lady friend. Everything was perfect. The food, the drinks, the candles and the music I had playing in the background....."Twi-Life" disc #1! One of the best jazz cd's of 2007 for sure. And my favorite....."Smoothie".


just fantastic...!!


Confortable tension and relaxation
I come to know this CD on Stickland's HP. I was instantly enchanted by his music. Since the CD was not sold in Japan, I ordered it to CD Baby right away.

Through listening to the tunes on two CDs, they gave me very confortable tension and relaxation. He is not a player with super-technique, but his sence of sound was superb. I am looking forward to future releases as well.

Shoji Saito

[Marcus Strickland's] music is beautiful...
[Marcus Strickland's] music is beautiful and I like [his] sound.

ryan j'amil diggs

i cannot remember the last time i've been so satisfied after listening to a new
i cannot remember the last time i've been so satisfied after listening to a new jazz album. [marcus strickland] promised and you delivered.
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