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  • 1Resonance07:42
  • 2Archimedean07:34
  • 3Every Atom Glows05:18
  • 4Per 408:36
  • 5Code of Being07:52
  • 6Where is Hella13:03
  • 7Per 508:25
  • 8Tessera08:47
  • Total Runtime01:07:17

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The charismatic saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis is the musician of the moment in the broad field of contemporary jazz. With Code of Being, James Brandon Lewis now presents his second album. The debut album Molecular, which Lewis recorded with his quartet in 2020 just a few months before Lockdown, was roundly acclaimed as one of the most exciting releases in 2020 (Intakt CD 350).

Code of Being is a powerful work consisting of eight compositions by James Brandon Lewis. Beautiful melodies are responsible for the magic of the songs. The four exceptional musicians, each with personalities of their own, create an urgent ensem­ble sound, moving through a broad palette of sound-colours, rhythms and moods, charged with energy. With a profound sense for lyrical melodies, tonal concision and dynamics, the quartet develop a spirited interplay, reacting to the tiniest atmospheric oscillations on the sound and groove level. "This is captivating music which it is hard to resist, especially the melodies with their thematic beauty.," writes Florian Keller in the liner notes.

James Brandon Lewis, tenor saxophone
Aruán Ortiz, piano
Brad Jones, bass
Chad Taylor, drums

James Brandon Lewis
is a critically acclaimed saxophonist and composer. Lewis has received accolades from New York Times, NPR, and most recently voted Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist by Downbeat Magazine’s 2020 Critic’s Poll. James Brandon Lewis leads numerous ensembles, and is the Co-Founder of the award-winning poetry and music ensemble Heroes Are Gang Leaders. Lewis attended Howard University, and received his MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

“James Brandon Lewis, A Jazz Saxophonist In His 30s, Raw-Toned But Measured, Doesn’t Sound Steeped In Current Jazz-Academy Values And Isn’t Really Coming From A Free-Improvising Perspective. There’s An Independence About Him, And On “Days Of FreeMan” (Okeh), He Makes It Sound Natural To Play Roaming, Experimental Funk, With Only The Electric Bassist Jamaladeen Tacuma And The Drummer Rudy Royston, And Without Much Sonic Enhancement. The Record Sounds A Little Reminiscent Of What James Blood Ulmer And Ornette Coleman Were Doing In The Late ’70s And Early ’80s — On Records That Included Mr. Tacuma — But It’s Not Clearly Evoking A Particular Past. Maybe It’s An Improvised Take On Early ’90s Hip-Hop, As Mr. Lewis Has Suggested, But It Sounds Less Clinical Than That. It Sounds Like Three Melodic Improvisers Going For It.” — The New York Times

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