Criss Cross Jazz 1314 CD

Marcus Strickland

Of Song

Available: May 19, 2009

On his Criss Cross debut, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland offers a program of ballads, mixing original compositions and interpretations of classics - the songbook standard What's New, Wayne Shorter's Pinocchio, James Brown's It's a Man's Man's World.

Not yet thirty at the time of the recording date, Strickland displays a ravishing tone and a lyric sensibility that belies his youth.

In the band: pianist David Bryant, bassist Ben Williams, and drummer E.J. Strickland. Harpist Brandee Younger appears on the ballad Djorolen.

Marcus Strickland
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1. Ne Me Quitte Pas (Jacques Brel)  6:07
2. Djorolen (Oumou Sangare)  8:06
3. What's New (Bob Haggart / Johnny Burke)  8:57
4. Is This Love? (Bob Marley)  7:44
5. Pinocchio (Wayne Shorter)  7:02
6. It's A Man's Man's World (James Brown / Betty Jean Newsome)  7:27
7. The Party's Over (Jule Styne)  6:40
8. Shadowlands (Bruce Hornsby)  4:06
9. A Memory's Mourn (Marcus Strickland)  6:33

Total Time: 62:48
Recorded December 18, 2008 in Brooklyn, NY, USA
Engineer: Max Ross & Max Bolleman (mixing) & The Masters (mastering)
Producer: Gerry Teekens