The second premiere off the Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 compilation via Revive Music + Blue Note Records is now available for your listening pleasure. It arrives via our friends at Billboard. And catch Marcus Strickland this weekend at Smoke Jazz Club.
Taking on a classic from Janet Jackson’s seminal 1986 Control LP, Marcus Strickland and Christie Dashiell dig into the coming-of-age jam “Let’s Wait Awhile” with some help from an all-star lineup including Christian Sands (keys), Keyon Harrold (trumpet), Kyle Miles (bass) and Charles Haynes (drums). Deconstructing the pensive original, the band delivers absolute heat in a handful of movements that trade the omnipresent slow drag for a distinctly effervescent rhythm that preserves the essence of the original and embellishes every infectious phrase.
Reuniting Janet with the jazz legends she first conjured in the “Alright” video and calling on J Dilla
’s signature swing, the track is an enveloping clinic in groove theory constructed to overwhelm the senses. Dashiell is the saccharine counterpoint to Strickland’s buzzing bass clarinet and tenor performance, peppering the arrangement with her nuanced vocal — a high point for Strickland. “When REVIVE asked me to do something like a cover of “Let’s Wait Awhile”, I immediately thought of how powerful the melody, message, and Janet’s voice is. So I was very careful on choosing the vocalist to pull it off and add their own flavor
.” Digging into the untapped possibility of r&b, the band turns Janet’s signature adlibs into a sick horn vamp that bends and twists itself into an ethereal jam by the end of the recording. The entire breakdown is capped by Dashiell’s soaring vocal hovering just above the pocket at its absolute best. “I’ve been a fan of Janet [Jackson] since I was a kid, so I was so happy to sing this song. Marcus’s arrangement makes me imagine driving in my car with the windows down on a nice summer night. I just love the vibe we all created on the recording!