Tastefully tantalizing musical call to action Joseph Herbst Sextet – THIS IS OUR ENVIRONMENT: My first forays into spoken-word and jazz were in the Great Northwest, where many artists united to bring focus to the day’s issues… on saxophonist/composer Joseph’s tastefully tantalizing musical call to action, he zeroes in on our need to work together to do everything we can to help our environment… to get a LIVE taste of the professionalism Joseph and his players bring to bear on that issue, I (most strongly) suggest you watch this trailer for the album first…
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The main players are Joseph on alto and soprano sax; Evan Taylor doing trumpet & flugelhorn; Luther S. Allison on piano & Rhodes; Zach McKinney’s drums; Peter Martin playing guitar and Liany Mateo on bass… many featured guests as well… Aubrey Johnson does vocals; Dasan Ahanu, Cynthia ‘THiA’ Sharpe, Yexandra ‘Yex’ Diaz and RaShad Eas offer up some very pertinent spoken word performances that I thoroughly enjoyed… one of the most powerful performances I’ve listened to (yet) in 2021 is the 4:38 “Estrange Us“… jazz changes through&through, but as you enjoy it, you realize that what Joseph and his players are really doing is weaving beautiful stories together for you… I predict that DJ’s around the globe will be putting this beautiful tune in regular rotations!
I’ve always loved spoken-word performances, and as I mentioned previously, that’s where I got my own start (here in Olympia, Washington)… on “Momma Nature” Dasan tells the tale that helps us to understand how important it is that we respect our environment – and stop polluting it.
There was plenty of room for each of the players to “speak their piece” on “Make No Cents” (it clocks in at 9:40)… the piece exemplifies the talent that Joseph really has, too… wrapping the listener in with musical genius and the ability to convey how important it is that we stand together – with his music… it is (without question) my personal favorite of the fourteen songs offered up for our jazz enjoyment!
I give Joseph and all his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this very important album. Get more information on Joseph’s page for the release. Rotcod Zzaj
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