Sat, Oct 21 Frankie's
From Chicago: Marquis Hill Blacktet
Time 8:00 pm
A dauntingly skilled trumpeter.—New York Times
His music crystallizes the hard-hitting, hard-swinging spirit of Chicago jazz.—Chicago Tribune
For the past five years, 29-year old trumpeter Marquis Hill has been invigorating the Chicago jazz scene with his sleek approach to modern jazz, which often incorporates hip-hop and spoken word. JazzTimes praised his playing by stating,
His articulation calls to mind Clifford Brown, while his bravura phrasing suggests an equal immersion in Freddie Hubbard and Woody Shaw. All of which surely helped his cause at [the 2014] Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, where he won first prize.
On The Way We Play, Hill’s debut for Concord Jazz, instead of offering entirely original material as he did on his last three discs, he revisits some of his favourite jazz standards (
Straight No Chaser) and American Songbook classics (
My Foolish Heart,
Polka Dots and Moonbeams). He revitalizes the material by placing heavier emphasis on the groove, enabling the compositions to resonate more with a 21st century jazz audience. With Greg Ward alto saxophone, Joel Ross vibraphone, Jeremiah Hunt bass, Jonathan Pinson drums.