Marques Carroll steps out in his debut record with his quintet featuring all original music that pays tribute to the Ancestors while inviting special guest artist; Victor Gracia (congas), Alex Wasily (trombone) and Sharon Irving (vocals). Marques spent much of the last year reworking old material and writing many new pieces that he felt were needed to deal with the climate of America during this time. The Ancestors' Call features music that tells a story of the strength that we have been given from our Ancestors and the responsibility we have to carry on in their footsteps.
There is a sense of struggle in each piece while still reaching resolve in the end. Aries Goddess (For Consuela and the Fallen) tells the story of a mother dealing with the loss of her son and Irving's vocals represents the mother letting go of her son and reaching a sense of peace even through the tragic event. Each song moves us forward to a sense of resolution within ourselves to be better for one another as a collective.
Jonathan Barber is proud to announce his arrival with the release of his highly-anticipated debut album Vision Ahead. Featuring pianist Taber Gable, guitarist Andrew Renfroe, saxophonist Godwin Louis, bassist Matt Dwonszyk, and vocalists Denise Renee and Sasha Foster (collectively and eponymously known as the album title), Vision Ahead is Barber’s product of six years spent cultivating a distinct and immaculately tailored sound with like minded musicians who, together, now present themselves as an undeniable, sonically-solid unit. Vision Ahead serves as a showcase of the fresh prospects that can be envisioned and the greatness that can be achieved when one is forced to face unanticipated, desolating life-challenges.
Upon hearing the devastating and unexpected news of his one and only brother’s death in November 2016, Barber struggled to comprehend life, and the purpose of his own, individual foreplanned and foreseen envisage slipped out of his understanding. “I became confused with the direction that life was taking me and numb to the new norm that instantly presented itself to me; for it was that stand still moment the words “Vision Ahead” became the theme of my next chapter in life.”
Sonically, Vision Ahead not only paints a picture of fresh perspective but one of perseverance. Aside achieving goals through adversity, it is a creation of polished craft and art that strives to breakthrough in a music industry that lacks the attention of an intellectual artist. “My music not only helped me through my grieving process, but sparked a fresh musical style in hopes of carrying on the spirit of this American art form; jazz.”
Eight out of the twelve tracks on Vision Ahead were personally composed by the young musician, named best “Up & Coming” drummer in the 2018 Modern Drummer Readers Poll. “Collectively we capture the deep emotion and the intention that encompasses the compositions of these songs.”
This tightly-knit ensemble has successfully created an album of hope and positivity. Whether itʼs graduating from The Jackie Mclean Institute of Jazz or being natives in the State of Connecticut, the seeds that were planted in one of the smallest states in the U.S. has already made an erroneous impact in the music industry; a vision that is still growing.
Jonathan Barber - Drums, Vocals (track 7)
Taber Gable - Piano, Fender Rhodes, Synthesizer
Andrew Renfroe - Guitar
Godwin Louis - Alto Saxophone
Matt Dwonszyk - Bass
Denise Renee - Vocals (Tracks 2, 5, 9, 11)
Sasha Foster - Vocals (Tracks 2, 5, 9, 11)
Recording Location- Big Orange Sheep Studios. New York, NY
Inspired by the paintings of his late father-in-law, the prominent abstract-impressionist artist Dale Chisman, drummer Matt Jorgensen has created a recording of all original works drawing influence directly from Chisman paintings, his home city of Denver, his life-long friends, and his constant reinvention as an artist. To properly reflect the power and expanse of Chisman's pieces, Jorgensen, along with his longtime collaborators - trumpeter Thomas Marriott and saxophonist Mark Taylor - expands his own palette from previous recordings, exploring broad new textures and musical landscapes aided by Corey Christiansen's earthy guitar work, bassist Dave Captein, and orchestrations for string quartet.