Ahead of their SXSW debut, Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life has shared a new video for “ALIVE,” a off their upcoming album Nihil Novi, entirely produced by Meshell Ndegeocello. The track, no small nod to the late J Dilla, swings and sways heavy, Strickland’s arrangements gusting through and vocalist Jean Baylor’s lilt painting the whole thing a deep blue. The latest Twi-Life roster includes Kyle Miles, Charles Haynes, Mitch Henry, Masayuki Hirano, with contributions from Chris Dave, Robert Glasper, James Francies and Pino Palladino on the new project.
Watch the bright new clip for Marcus Strickland’s “ALIVE” featuring Meshell Ndegeocello, Keyon Harrold and Jean Baylor. He’ll play a 1am set at the Elephant Room in Austin next week, followed by shows cross-pond and back again. Peep his full live schedule below and grab a copy of Nihil Novi on iTunes today.
March 16 @ The Elephant Room – Austin, TX
March 28 @ Igor Butman Club at Taganka (with Christian McBride) – Moscow, Russia
March 29 @ International House of Music (with Christian McBride) – Moscow, Russia
March 30 @ Gorky House of Culture (with Christian McBride) – Moscow, Russia
April 1 @ Regattabar – Cambridge, MA
April 11 – 16 @ Dizzy’s – New York, NY
May 24-27 @ Jazz Bistro – St. Louis, MO
July 26 @ Dizzy’s – New York, NY