The Jazz Standard
116 e27th St.
between Park and Lexington
NYC 10016
(212) 576-2232

Marcus Strickland – tenor, alto,
and soprano saxophones
Gerald Clayton – piano
Linda Oh – bass
Justin Brown – drums

“Strickland’s own approach to music goes far beyond merely staying current – he is an innovator.”

– Joe Montague, JazzReview.com

“Marcus expertly stretches the outside of the envelope on every solo, and his sense of narrative never falls flat.”

– J. Hunter, All About Jazz

“Like Newk before him, Strickland has assembled a set of tunes with strong, direct melodies that inspire boundless reveries . . . Strikingly, the leader’s own originals are just as memorable, and tailor-made for his tightly attuned trio . . . Throughout the album, the trio maintains a sound both sparse and rich, with a relaxed ease that allows for experimentation but without the airiness ever feeling empty.”

– Shaun Brady, DownBeat

“Great knots of sound, breezy lines continuously unfurling – Strickland puts pressure on himself to carry the ball and he’s been gaining a lot of yardage lately…want to hear how those qualities play out on the stand? Of course you do.”

– Jim Macnie, The Village Voice

“A streamlined acoustic trio date, steeped in jazz heritage even as it foregrounds inventive takes on tunes by OutKast, Oumou Sangare, Jaco Pastorius and others.”

– David Adler, Time Out New York

“This album, with Mr. Strickland distributing his intensity carefully over a subtle, flexible rhythm section, is of a whole other order…It’s a record you can give to friends who aren’t keeping score with jazz. That’s good…”

– Ben Ratliff, The New York Times (on Idiosyncrasies)

“Strickland has started to turn heads in the most thriving but most competitive jazz scene on the planet… his tone: liquid and luminous, yet forceful and exact… simply one of jazz’s shining young saxophonists.”

– Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes

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