Bass clarinetist, composer and arranger Todd Marcus has a new album coming out entitled “Blues For Tahrir”. The album was recorded and mixed by Jeff Gruber at Blue House Productions recording studios in Kensington, and Silver Spring, Maryland.
The unique combination of modern jazz and sweeping Middle Eastern vistas played by 6 horns, piano bass and drums is refreshingly different but easily embraced by lovers of strong melodic composition. The album showcases Todd’s writing and arranging skills as well as his bass clarinet chops.
Making the most of the cast of stellar musicians the pieces are insistently melodic with lush harmonies and strong riff based rhythms that add plenty of groove to the ensemble. Almost all of the works showcase the harmonic influence of Todd Marcus’s Egyptian Heritage.
The tunes grow from simple to complex but never lose the listener and are combined with the highest level of jazz improv in the solo sections. Believe me these guys can blow!
The compositions all have huge dynamic ranges from the loudest of crescendos to the quietest pin drop while the soloing form inside to outside the harmony and back seamlessly. This is an all world class record for the ages and I hope everyone gets to here it.