James Brandon Lewis: Tenor Saxophone
Chad Taylor: Drums, Mbira

Intakt CD 342 / 2020

01. Twenty Four (James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor ) 8:34
02. Radiance (Seraphic Light | John Coltrane/James Brandon Lewis/
Chad Taylor) 7:01
03. Matape (Chad Taylor) 10:32
04. Come Sunday (Duke Ellington) 3:44
05. Imprints (James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor) 8:42
06. Watakushi No Sekai (Mal Waldron) 7:05
07. With Sorrow Lonnie (James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor) 6:34
08. Willisee (Dewey Redman) 6:21
09. Under/Over the Rainbow (James Brandon Lewis | Harold Arlen) 7:43

James Brandon Lewis (JamesBrandonLewismusic/ascap). Chad Taylor (ctorb/ascap).
Recorded live at Jazz Festival Willisau, Switzerland, September 1, 2019.
Recorded by Martin Pearson for Radio SRF 2 Kultur. Festival organised by Arno Troxler.
Mixed by Michael Brändli, Patrik Landolt and Rosmarie A. Meier at Hardstudios Winterthur.
Cover art: Niklaus Troxler. Graphic design: Fiona Ryan. Liner notes: Pirmin Bossart. Photo: Marcel Meier.
Produced by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt, Anja Illmaier, Florian Keller, P.O. Box, 8024 Zürich, Switzerland.

Preview tracks and order on Bandcamp

Chad Taylor and James Brandon Lewis. Jazzfestival Willisau 2019. Photo: Marcel Meier


After the brilliant finale at the 2019 Willisau Jazz Festival with saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and drummer Chad Taylor, Lucerne journalist Pirmin Bossart wrote: "The music sought neither to preach nor impress, instead revealing itself as pure, spirited intensity. 'Yeah! Yeah!' James Brandon cries after the final note of 'Willisee' adding a jubilant 'Wow!'". The duo had just finished a track which Dewey Redman and Ed Blackwell played on the same stage in 1980, a stage where Max Roach & Archie Shepp also wrote jazz history. Lewis and Taylor pay tribute to this legacy and conjure up the spirit of Great Black Music in the very first piece with an homage to John Coltrane.

New Yorker James Brandon Lewis has attracted attention in recent years with his album UnRuly Manifesto. The record was listed among the best new releases of 2019 in the USA. The "New York Times" attests him a great musical autonomy: "James Brandon Lewis, a jazz saxophonist in his 30s, raw-toned but measured, doesn't sound steeped in current jazzacademy values and isn't really coming from a free-improvising perspective. There's an independence about him." The drummer Chad Taylor comes from Chicago and has played with Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Malachi Favors and Nicole Mitchel. On Intakt Records he plays on the live album with Aruan Ortiz and Brad Jones.

Bossart writes: "The two musicians let us hear the great breath of an essential jazz tradition, its clarity, raw beauty and urgency shining through, even in the melting pot of contemporary jazz debates. The musicians are not stuck in a version of the past. At every second they are part of the musical process, which shapes itself and pulses with their experiences of the here and now. This is about a continuum, occurring yesterday, today and tomorrow. Why else would jazz have retained till today its transformative power?"

Über das fulminante Finale am Jazzfestival Willisau 2019 mit dem Saxofonisten James Brandon Lewis und dem Schlagzeuger Chad Taylor schrieb er Luzerner Journalist Pirmin Bossart: «Die Musik wollte weder predigen noch glänzen, sondern entpuppte sich als pure und beseelte Intensität. 'Yeah! Yeah!', ruft James Brandon Lewis nach dem letzten Ton von 'Willisee', einer Komposition von Dewey Redman und Ed Blackwell und setzt später ein jauchzendes 'Wow!' nach.» James Brandon Lewis und Chad Taylor wissen von der prominenten Geschichte des Saxofon-Schlagzeug-Duos am Jazzfestival Willisau, wo Dewey Redman & Ed Blackwell, Max Roach & Archie Shepp Jazzgeschichte schrieben. Lewis und Taylor zollen diesem Vermächtnis Tribut und beschwören den Spirit der Great Black Music bereits im ersten Stück mit einer Hommage an John Coltrane.

Der New Yorker James Brandon Lewis machte in den letzten Jahren mit seinem Album «AnUnRuly Manifesto« auf sich aufmerksam. Die Platte wurde in den USA unter den besten Neuheiten von 2019 gelistet. Die «New York Times» attestiert Jamas Brandon Lewis eine grosse musikalische Autonomie: «Der Mittdreissiger klingt sowohl rau wie wohlgestimmt, er bewegt sich fern der Jazz-Akademie und kommt auch nicht aus der frei improvisierenden Ecke». Der Schlagzeuger Chad Taylor stammt aus Chicago und spielte mit Fred Anderson, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Malachi Favors und Nicole Mitchel. Auf Intakt Records ist er auf dem Live Album mit Aruan Ortiz und Brad Jones zu hören.

«Together, they build a majestic house», schreibt «All About Jazz» über das Duo von James Brandon Lewis und Chad Taylor. Die Musik dieses Live-Mitschnitts fasziniert in ihrer rauen Schönheit, Klarheit und Dringlichkeit.

Schweiz: 30 SFr. plus 3 SFr. Porto/Versand
Deutschland/Österreich: 18 Euro plus 3 Euro Porto/Versand
International: VISA / MASTER: 30 SFr. plus 4.50 SFr. Postage

Please click here to order


Chad Taylor on Intakt Records


Newsletter in English | Newsletter in German

Intakt Records Facebook icon

Digital Download Store

© 2020 Intakt Records | P.O. Box, 8024 Zürich, Switzerland | intakt@intaktrec.ch | +41 (0) 44 383 82 33