Grass Roots - Grass Roots

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"Equally earthy and avant-garde ... intellectually stimulating though anything but academic."-JazzTimes

"Grass Roots is a new collective devoted to creating music that combines soul and fresh, contemporary songwriting. Alto saxophonist Darius Jones has been sharing his voluminous gifts with the world since the release of his debut Man ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing). Drummer Chad Taylor has contributed to the greatness of both the Chicago and New York music scenes; his long-running Chicago Underground project with cornetist Rob Mazurek has brought his greatest acclaim to date. Alex Harding is one of the few modern musicians who has mastered the baritone saxophone, and he has performed and recorded with David Murray, Aretha Franklin, Sun Ra Arkestra, and Angélique Kidjo. Bassist Sean Conly has been active in numerous New York jazz scenes since the mid-1990s, touring and recording with Andrew Hill, Regina Carterm, Paquito DeRivera, and Stefon Harris. Their sectional arrangements evince great thought and attention to detail; the performances always bring the soul of unfettered expression. The final piece on the album creates an alien landscape rich with flora and fauna, and then proceeds to explore that landscape from the perspective of a giant dragonfly."
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