Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life returns with their latest video, “Inevitable.” Twi-Life’s all-star personnel includes Raydar Ellis (vocals), the legendary Ku-umba Frank Lacy (trombone), Masayuki “Yuki” Hirano (keys), The Roots’ Mark Kelley (bass), Charles Haynes (drums), as well as its leader, Marcus Strickland (sax).

'Inevitable' - Marcus Strickland's Twi-Life feat. Jean Baylor

The top of the video features “Kurtadelic,” a track set up for Raydar Ellis to freestyle while the band vamps. “Kurtadelic” is an example of Twi-Life’s ability to feature the shared improvisational spirit of hip-hop and jazz. While “Kurtadelic” is enough for most of us to be sold on Twi-Life, the video’s title is “Inevitable.” The title track features the lovely Jean Baylor on vocals and a lengthy solo from Twi-Life’s head honcho. Strickland’s solo displays the saxophonist’s ability to develop ideas and arc solos in order to create a cohesive storyline through sound.

The only negative thing about Twi-Life’s teaser video is it’s brevity. It’s not a bad thing; it’s just our way of saying that we’re really, really looking forward to hearing more from Strickland and Twi-Life. Watch the video below to understand why we’re all hyped about Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life.

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