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James Brandon Lewis - Days Of FreeMan makes Washington Post 'best of' for August

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Visionary composer and tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis's bravest, yet most palpable artistic feat,  opens with a poignant and profound introductory monologue from a maternal sage. She says: "The best thing of living is living who you are. You can't be somebody else; you gotta be what God gave you to be and who you are. You look in the mirror and see yourself and say ‘I'm James Brandon Lewis."' Next, bass and drums congeal around the sapphire melodic motif of "Brother 1976," recalling one of those jazzy jewel-like hooks from a 1990s Native Tongue hip-hop jam. The effect is like 1990s hip-hop's fascination with jazz being spit back by a prodigious jazz innovator. Welcome to Days Of FreeMan.

Lewis's previous disc, "Divine Travels," wasn't necessarily polite, nor is his new one particularly rude. But compared to one another, it sure feels that way, meaning that the jazz saxophonist is currently going after something dryer and funkier, sleeves rolled up, head down.  SEE THE Washington Post PAGE