ROY HARGROVE quintet » Close Your Eyes » New Morning – Paris

ROY HARGROVE QUINTET – Live at the New Morning (July, 2007, Paris)
ROY HARGROVE – trumpet, flugelhorn
JUSTIN ROBINSON – alto sax, flute




Marcus Strickland is one of my favourite saxophone players – his tone, pace and inspiration are exciting.



(Do you see yourself then as a storyteller like Coltrane in terms of having a message behind the music?)


I don’t think of myself in comparison to Coltrane but yes, I think of myself as a griot too. But I think we’ve lost the storytelling aspect and have institutionalised music to the point where people are just talking about the notes. Like okay, here’s a B-flat scale and you’ve got all the notes in the scale and you just learn it and cool, now you’re playing music. But no, there’s so much more to it than that – much more, and it comes from living and also comes from being able to express yourself and how you’re feeling. The more ability that you have on the instrument the more you can express yourself and the more freedom you have. So the music should not be a barrier to what you’re aiming for. It’s a tool to get further.


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Marcus Strickland – tenor sax
feat. Chris Dave – drums
Charles Haynes – drums
BIGYUKI – keys
Chad Selph – keys
Kyle Miles – e. bass

From 36:35 on – MARCUS STRICKLAND’S Twi-Life live at Ronnie Scott’s.


JAMES CARTER organ trio » “Django Unchained” » Festival Sons d’Hiver 2017

A tribute to  Django Reinhardt – an amazing trio – James Carter explaining the reasons why he is one of the voices!



The trio at Ronnie Scott’s | amazing photos by STEVEN CROPPER




Travelling all over the world, playing at wonderful venues, making history for those to come and delighting the ones that go to a night of magic, the sorcerers of sound are sometimes recorded live and the myth grows.

I try to go out of the box of just pleasing the jazz audience, because the jazz audience can be your worst enemy, jazz, which should be the freest music, is the most imprisoned – and it’s imprisoned by the people who love it. They’re the captors, the officers. People want to shrink jazz down to a rhythmic pattern. But we´re living in the era when we have a lot more music to be influenced by than Miles did, than Coltrane did, than Charlie Parker did. So why the hell am I going to sound like them? Jazz was never a music that reflects history.

The tradition is, it keeps moving; it reflects the time we’re in.

Rober Glasper, Downbeat magazine