In addition to cutting edge jazz “Idiosyncrasies” offer instrumental adaptations of some of the world’s most precious cross-genre gems. Marcus Strickland’s trio can comfortably perform anywhere and for anyone. ~ CDBaby
Marcus Strickland | Idiosyncrasies – [Strick Muzik, 2009]Marcus Strickland’s third release on Strick Muzik “Idiosyncrasies” finds the world-renowned saxophonist in the setting of his exhilarating trio (with bassist Ben Williams and drummer E.J. Strickland). From the start of the record it is truly apparent that you will not be able to sit still with the poppin’ groove of Strickland’s opening original “Cuspy’s Delight“, written for the drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts. The catchy melody soaring above the rhythmic playground of bass and drums immediately dives into Strickland’s sax solo, which will make you consider whether the horn is a percussion or woodwind instrument. Then just when an idea of the album’s direction starts to formulate Strickland’s second original “Rebirth“, a song about the healing powers of love, tantalizes the listener’s chakras with his sax whispering the chant-like melody through the interweaving bass harmony. “Idiosyncrasies” takes you on an acoustic journey that is rare to find these days.