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Chicago trumpeter Wilkes, who plays in El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Exploding Star Orchestra, in his own Abstrakt Pulse sextet, a modern take on mid-60s jazz.

Wilkes, Corey & Abstrakt Pulse
Cries From Tha Ghetto

Wilkes, Corey & Abstrakt Pulse: Cries From Tha Ghetto (Pi Recordings)
Label: Pi Recordings    
Released in: USA    

"One of the hottest young trumpeters on the scene today, Corey Wilkes shows off another side of his musical personality with his new release Cries from tha Ghetto. Unlike his prior release as a leader, Drop It, on which Wilkes focuses more on his funky soul side, Cries from tha Ghetto demonstrates a mid-60s Blue Note sensibility - think Freddie Hubbard's Breaking Point or Lee Morgan's Search for a New Land - melded with the influence of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Wilkes' playing evinces the concise, bravura playing of Hubbard and Morgan combined with the more open style of Lester Bowie. Indeed, Wilkes was hand-picked by Roscoe Mitchell in 2003 to replace the irreplaceable Bowie as trumpeter in the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the flagship band of the AACM. As the jazz cognoscenti know there probably is no greater compliment that can be paid to a jazz musician.

Wilkes is based in Chicago, and it seems that a whole scene revolves around him in that musically vibrant city. The CD features just one of many bands that Wilkes leads: Abstrakt Pulse features Kevin Nabors - tenor, Scott Hesse - guitar, Junius Paul - bass, Isaiah Spencer - Drums, and tap dancer Jumaane Taylor, each an up-and-comer on the Chicago jazz scene. Wilkes also plays regularly with the Chicago greats Ernest Dawkins, Von Freeman, Fred Anderson and in Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, as well as with younger influential artists such as Rob Marzurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, Nicole Mitchell, and Tortoise*8. He tours regularly with **The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Roscoe Mitchell, drummer Will Cahoun from Living Colour, and most recently with virtuoso saxophonist James Carter. Any musician who can stand toe to toe on stage with both Roscoe Mitchell and James Carter is clearly someone to be reckoned with."-Pi Recordings

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Label: Pi Recordings
Catalog ID: Pi 29
Squidco Product Code: 11765

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Studio Chicago, IL by Mike Ward on March 17 and May 15, 2008; and at Bel Air Studio, Chicago, IL by Todd Carter on Octboer 13, 2008.


Corey Wilkes-trumpet, flugelhorn

Scott Hesse-guitar

Kevin Nabors-tenor sax

Junius Paul-bass

Isaiah Spencer-drums

Jumaane Taylor-tap dance

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Track Listing:

1. First Mind 9:06

2. Abstrakt #1 0:44

3. SICK JJ 6:30

4. Levitation 7:23

5. Rain 4:49

6. Cries From Tha Ghetto 10:53

7. Abstrakt #2 1:13

8. Visionary of an Abstrakt 7:45

9. Abstrakt #3 1:01

10. Villa Tiamo 5:12

11. Abstrakt #4 0:25

12. Chasin' LeRoy 4:18