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.
|1.||Ne Me Quitte Pas (Jacques Brel) 6:07|
|2.||Djorolen (Oumou Sangare) 8:06|
|3.||What's New (Haggard / 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 / B.J. Newsome) 7:27|
|7.||The Party's Over (Jule Styne) 6:40|
|8.||Shadowlands (B. Hornsby) 4:06|
|9.||A Memory's Mourn (Marcus Strickland) 6:33|
Total Time: 62:48
Recorded December 18, 2008 in Brooklyn, NY, USA by Max Ross