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).
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.