Corey Wilkes | Drop It! [Nu-Jazz/Review]
After listening to the tonal phrasings of Chicagoan, trumpeter and Delmar recording artist Corey Wilkes, latest release “Drop It.” I began to envelope and appreciate the pleasantries of his compositions and the assorted shapes, colors and textures that he eloquently executes with ease. In the mean time, snippets of the blues appear on a few compositions here and there as they employee the complexities of the inner city soundscape.
The opening track “Trumpet Player,” originated from a poem written by renowned author Langston Hughes. With a stroke of excellence, he paints a canvas of a hip and subdued unknown trumpet player. On this piece, Wilkes summoned the lyrical musings of spoken word artist Miyanda Wilson to underscore this magical moment. Lyrically, the words by Hughes gracefully articulate the plight of the black experience in America.