Otis brown iii - the thought of you


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There are no coincidences in the casting. Brown’s “family first” philosophy shines through right out of the gate with “ The Way (Truth & Life) ,” co-written with Glasper. The highly energetic and lyrical piece features the album’s core quintet which, with the exception of Williams, re-assembles their college jazz ensemble from their days at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. “The most special thing about working with Otis is simply the joy he gets out of playing music; it's all over his face like a little kid,” says Glasper. “People have lost that joy and take playing too seriously.” This point is well illustrated on “ The Thought of You ”; a jam session-like trilogy weaved throughout the album. “ Part I ” opens with a signature vamp from Glasper, with Brown providing a knocking backbeat before the group breaks into a glorious swing. Bilal, a vocalist of astonishing versatility who also composed the tune, offers a glimpse at his bona fide jazz chops, with Harrold’s burning solo following up the velvety vocals.


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