REVIVE Audio: Marcus Strickland Announces 'Nihil Novi' LP + "Drive" [STREAM]
Saxophonist Marcus Strickland and Twi-Life prep listeners for the release of the forthcoming Nihil Novi LP with the lead single "Drive." The single lands ahead of the highly-anticipated project produced by Meshell Ndegeocello, due out April 15th via Blue Note/Revive Music. Fresh from his take on Janet Jackson's "Let's Wait Awhile" from Supreme Sonavy Vol. 1, Strickland is joined by Twi-Life's formidable roster featuring trumpeter Keyon Harrold, bassist Kyle Miles, drummer Charles Haynes, organist Mitch Henry, and keyboardist Masayuki Hirano. The project also features performances from Jean Baylor, Pino Palladino, Robert Glasper, James Francis, Chris Bruce and Chris "Daddy" Dave.
True to ethos of Revive Music’s stated mission, Nihil Novi takes cues from J Dilla’s MPC, Bartók’s Hungarian folk music, Fela Kuti’s Afrobeat as well as Mingus’ freewheeling jazz truths and melds them together into a singular musical axiom. The diverse influences within Strickland’s latest album are reflective of a commitment to elevate music by pushing the genre forward to create transcendent and spiritually moving sonic experiences.