Marcus Wyatt - Language 12

2007-07-16 08:33
It's an unpretentiously ecletic jazz esperanto that shape-shifts between drum 'n bass filtered funk rock fusion ("The Madness of King Dewey"), a conscious hipster rap (The Invaders Pt.1" featuring Waddy Jones), a chilled R&B cocktail lounge croon ("Gone") and a sexy Brazilian Bossa Nova breeze ("The Invaders Plan Pt. 2"). Listening to his fragile flugelhorn and muted trumpet solos on a haunting homage to Miles Davis ("Self Portrait") and a burnished African blues ballad ("Mr Baloi") you immediately realise where Wyatt is speaking from: the heart, the head and yes, the 'hip'.
Bewitched by jazz's unquestionably cool allure, but bothered by its smooth supper club clichés? Tune into trumpeter Marcus Wyatt's latest jazz joint, which isn't just speaking to aficionados schooled in the language of Great American Songbook standards.

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