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Marquis Hill: Modern Flows Vol. 2 (Black Unlimited Music Group)

There are some albums you really have to strap in for, lest you get whiplash for all of the various genre components that come whizzing by you. This is one of them. “My lyrics and conversation will make your brain smile,” boasts emcee Brandon Alexander Williams on this set’s intro, and the man has a … Read More “Marquis Hill: Modern Flows Vol. 2 (Black Unlimited Music Group)”

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Marquis Hill: Modern Flows EP Vol. 1

Chicago-raised trumpeter Marquis Hill, winner of last year’s Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, displays his compositional prowess along with his chops on his fourth recording as a leader, Modern Flows EP Vol. 1. Its 10 original compositions burst with equal parts passion and sophistication, the entire outing suffused with a strong and appealing sense of … Read More “Marquis Hill: Modern Flows EP Vol. 1”

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Marquis Hill: The Poet

The Poet is rather a misnomer. There’s poetry on the album, but only on the very short opening and closing tracks. Calling it The Composer might have been more on point, since it’s really the superlative tunes of Chicago trumpeter-bandleader Marquis Hill that are his third disc’s lifeblood. So much so, in fact, that while … Read More “Marquis Hill: The Poet”

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Marquis Hill: Sounds of the City

On his second album, 25-year-old Chicago trumpeter Marquis Hill is still looking for a sound and sensibility to call his own. But with his confidence and youthful charm, he makes the search itself yield ample rewards. Leading his fine working band, including pianist Joshua Moshier and alto saxophonist Christopher McBride, Hill ranges from catchy hard-bop … Read More “Marquis Hill: Sounds of the City”

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