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James Brandon Lewis

James Brandon Lewis

Mar 11th 2017 @ Lantaren Venster

Rotterdam, Netherlands
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Saturday, March 11th, 2017
8:30 PM
Lantaren Venster
Rotterdam, Netherlands
James Brandon Lewis is a saxophone derived from Buffalo, New York. He has backgrounds in gospel and jazz; after he had established himself as a gospel musician, he decided to broaden his musical horizons.

His solo career took shape when he made ​​his name with his debut album Moments in 2010. Last year he released his latest album Days Of FreeMan his bravest while most tangible artistic expression so far.
On the album, he was inspired by the hip-hop of his youth, but also sound influenced by musicians such as James Blood Ulmer and Ornette Coleman.

The game of this tenor saxophonist is sharp, hard and very direct. He was noticed by mainstream cultural trendsetters like Ebony Magazine, who proclaimed him one of the "seven young players to watch" and earned respect from a large and varied number of established artists.

Lewis is clearly a improvisator of the future. He gave last year an overwhelming concert at Festival Jazz International Rotterdam, and was one of the big surprises of the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2016.

"Best concert since years: thanks @ JBLEWIS1983, you make giant steps for music and tenor" (Wilfried de Jong)

"Naturally, and surprisingly also revealed the music of saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. He mixes free jazz with hip-hop, so fresh and inspired the room went completely flat. The last song was a tribute to trumpeter Don Cherry." Because he dared to take risks , "said Lewis. Those were not empty words. Lewis, like Roelofs, Scott, Washington and all the others understand you because the music that you dream indicates otherwise unreachable you be covered." (Trouw, Mischa Andriesen)

"If you saxophonist James Brandon Lewis just a few notes you should play, you forget his name ever again. Because the American has a style that goes through everything and irrevocably clings in your memory. His tenor saxophone sounds like an alto, sharp, defined, sharp and rushed. Even in ballads is his way of playing hard and unrelenting. Which would definitely not say that emotion is missing in his game. On the contrary. James Brandon Lewis has used these as their own play in order to make loud and clear signify his message further shape its identity. To show that way to hear who he is, where he comes from and what his vision of the world. "(, Rinus van der Heijden)

James Brandon Lewis - tenor saxophone
Luke Stewart - bass
Warren "Trae" Crudup - drums