E.J. Strickland Quintet in Germany, France & Netherlands
E.J. Strickland is a world-class drummer, composer and artist heard on over 70 albums in the last 10 years.
E.J. quickly graduated into New York's gigging jazz scene, playing with the greatest names in contemporary music. He has long stints with Ravi Coltrane, Russell Malone, Marcus Strickland, Manuel Valera and also had opportunities to work on occasion with artists like Wynton Marsalis, Cassandra Wilson, Herbie Hancock and many others.
Influenced by wonderful drummers (Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Roy Haynes, Jimmy Cobb, Tony Williams, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Brian Blade), he rapidly developed his own eclectic and creative style. Variety of influence and interest might be the key words for E.J. in his musical approach.
He reminds us: "You're not going to hear a traditional jazz drummer. You're going to hear someone who's drawing from many different styles, many different approaches. That's what my true voice is. And I always try to remember that music is fun!"
These days, E.J. finds himself writing music more than anything else and focusing on being a bandleader and a musician, creating great vehicles for his band to play on. He is also touring all over the world with Ravi Coltrane, Brandee Younger, Reggie Washington, Dave Weiss, Christian Sands, Lynne Arriale ...
In "Warriors For Peace", E.J. has created an opus dedicated to all those who understand that to achieve peace, equality and justice in this world, one must break the silence and be proactive.
Fun. Stirring. Intriguing. Kinetic: There are so many moods and meanings enmeshed into E.J. Strickland's music. His myriad influences and ideas crossing and branching out in every direction set up the basis for this remarkable album "Warriors For Peace"
"Strickland shows keen compositional skills, favoring melodicism, hip harmonies, strong rhythmic drive" - Downbeat
"With Warriors for Peace, E.J. Strickland has assembled a top-notch quintet able to execute his music brilliantly." - The New York City Jazz Record
"Excellent"- Jazz FM
"4 stars / un album gorgé de feeling " - Jazz Magazine
" Valeur sûre ! E.J. Strickland nous a réservé une belle surprise dans Warriors for Peace ... Opus acoustique séduisant en diable." - Liberation
"What a great album ! Jazz and beyond. Groove and spirit. Fun and reflexion. " - Jazzques
"Musique acoustique brillante" - RTBF / Philippe Baron
"Un quintet flamboyant" - Le Quotidien
"Indispensable ! Yes, if you are passionate about jazz and you like drummers/composers who write music with their heart, you are at the right place." - Jazz.ru
E.J. STRICKLAND QUINTET
GERMANY, FRANCE & NETHERLANDS
4 DECEMBER - JAZZ CLUB UNTERFAHRT
6 DECEMBER - JAZZ CLUB HANNOVER
7 DECEMBER - DUC DES LOMBARDS
8 DECEMBER - JAZZ IN WAGENINGEN
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