Reggie Quinerly | Invictus

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by Reggie Quinerly

Swinging drummer lead group, featuring soulful original music.
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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1. Tavares
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2. Nimzo Indian
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3. Kunst Uberlebt
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4. Light Work
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5. Child of the 808 (Interlude)
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6. Variation 24
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7. My Blue Heaven
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8. The Star, the Crescent, and the Police Captain
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9. Lester Grant
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10. That Right There
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11. Child of the 808
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Album Notes
Invictus- by Jason Reynolds

The role of the drummer is a complex one. On one hand, the drummer is the captain of the rhythmic ship, the hero steering the music through the choppy waters of the human psyche. On the other hand, the drummer is a hidden entity, a backgrounder, a phantom tirelessly pumping life into things, vital yet unacknowledged like a beating heart. The key to being a great drummer is understanding the delicate but necessary balance between both identities — the confidence it takes to be a leader, and the discipline it takes to exercise humility — while never missing a beat.

Reggie Quinerly learned this at a young age from some of his early teachers, like Sam Dinkins and the late Lester Grant, who gave a six-year-old Quinerly his first pair of sticks and facilitated the beginnings of his formal training. But beyond just drum lessons and recitals, the drummer’s obsession with personal excellence and the actualization of humble leadership, came straight from his household in the form of tough love.

As a preteen Reggie had gotten into some trouble at school, and to discipline him, his mother sent him to the library on a mission to memorize William Ernest Henley’s anthemic poem, Invictus. It wasn’t a mere attempt to chastise young Reggie with verse and nineteenth century Victorian English, but instead was his mother’s way of impressing upon him a new mantra, one steeped in personal responsibility, unwavering persistence, and unmatched discipline, all the components necessary to not only be the “quiet captain” Quinerly has been, but also to create his new body of work bearing the same name as his poetic maxim, Invictus.

Coming on the heels of his impressive 2012 debut, Music Inspired by Freedmantown, a tribute to the former African-American enclave where he spent many of his formative years, Invictus demonstrates with its very different musical demands just how much Quinerly has developed into a balanced, yet ever-evolving artist.

Quinerly grew up in a rich musical environment – one that nourished artists as stylistically diverse as pianists Jason Moran and Robert Glasper and guitarist Mike Moreno (featured on Freedmantown along with pianist Gerald Clayton and saxophonist Tim Warfield). They all attended Houston's High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, where the teachers, said Quinerly, were "incredibly devoted. They gave us a real head start."

After graduating high school he would follow his friend Glasper, to the East Coast, more specifically, the Mannes School of Music at New School University where he got to study with three great drummers: Jimmy Cobb, Lewis Nash, and Kenny Washington. After sometime honing his chops on the scene he returned to school earning his Master's in Jazz Studies at the prestigious Juilliard School.

Noted as a "conscientious jazz drummer with a nimble and approachable style" (Nate Chinen, New York Times) he has played with such leading artists as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Joe Lovano, Greg Osby and Christian McBride. With saxophonist Marcus Strickland, he played and lectured as part of Lincoln Center's Jazz in the Schools program and frequently collaborates with the talented vocalist and pianist Enoch Smith Jr. who also appeared on Quinerly’s first project. He has toured various countries throughout Europe and Asia.



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