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Cries From Tha Ghetto

by Corey Wilkes & Abstrakt Pulse

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First Mind 09:05
Abstrakt #1 00:44
Sick JJ 06:30
Levitation 07:22
Rain 04:49
Abstrakt #2 01:12
Abstrakt #3 01:01
Villa Tiamo 05:12
Abstrakt #4 00:24


"Pushing fearlessly into avant-garde territory on some tracks, burrowing deeply into bebop and hard-bop traditions on others, he documents the versatility of his art and the range of his imagination." -- Chicago Tribune

Corey Wilkes shows off another side of his musical personality with his new release Cries from tha Ghetto. Unlike his prior release as a leader, Drop It, on which Wilkes focuses more on his funky soul side, Cries from tha Ghetto demonstrates a mid-60s Blue Note sensibility -- think Freddie Hubbard's Breaking Point or Lee Morgan's Search for a New Land -- melded with the influence of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Wilkes's playing evinces the concise, bravura playing of Hubbard and Morgan combined with the more open style of Lester Bowie. Indeed, Wilkes was hand-picked by Roscoe Mitchell in 2003 to replace the irreplaceable Bowie as trumpeter in the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the flagship band of the AACM. As the jazz cognoscenti know there probably is no greater compliment that can be paid to a jazz musician.


released April 15, 2009

Corey Wilkes – trumpet, flugelhorn
Kevin Nabors – tenor sax
Scott Hesse – guitar
Junius Paul – bass
Isaiah Spencer – drums
Jumaane Taylor – tap dance


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