Our series of showcasing musicians and artists who contributed to Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 continues. With the imminent release of SS Vol. 1 hitting us later this Friday, August 7th, we decided to give some love to the three musicians behind the horn who helped make our sophomore effort become the dynamic musical landscape that it is. Though we’re sure that you’ve heard about these three trumpeters, reading through this short list will give you a better chance to acquaint yourself with their work on SS Vol. 1
It’s hard to imagine Revive as a brand without Igmar Thomas and his Revive Big Band hitting stages around the world to spread the gospel of music that is deeply rooted in tradition while staying relevant to today’s musical pulse. Hailing from San Diego (have anyone ever seen Igmar without his Padres baseball hat?), Thomas’ vision of making the legacy of big bands more accessible to the present day is definitely one of the many reasons why Revive and the Revive Big Band has turned into the institution that it is today. Outside of his duties as RBB’s conductor and arranger, Ig is busy session musician having shared the stage and studio with artists like Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mos Def, Wyclef Jean, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Lionel Hampton to name a few. Igmar Thomas leads the first song of Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 alongside Marc Cary in “Trane Thang/Pinocchio.”
Keyon Harrold holds the distinction of being one of two musicians who have appeared on both Revive/Blue Note releases (the other being Ben Williams). While Harrold played the role of sideman during our first release, Otis Brown III‘s The Thought of You, he steps up to the front in Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 to co-lead the Lee Morgan tune “The Procrastinator” next to Jaleel Shaw and Maurice Brown. Outside or Revive/Blue Note records, Keyon Harrold also lends his horns for artists like D’Angelo, Maxwell, Eminem and others.
Grammy award-winning trumpeter Maurice Brown ability to oscillate between musical genres is the perfect microcosm of Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1. Whether Brown’s rocking on stage with the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Talib Kweli or Roy Hargrove, his ability to coalesce jazz, soul, blues and hip-hop into a singular musical expression always adds an extra dimension to whoever he hits the stage or studio with. As mentioned before, Brown appears in “The Procrastinator” with Jaleel Shaw and fellow trumpeter, Keyon Harrold.