ISAIAH COLLIER

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Isaiah Collier is a Chicago/Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, curator, activist, motivational speaker and educator. Collier is most known for his work as a saxophonist, in addition to being a drummer. Collier's sound and approach is drawn from the influences of master saxophonists such as John Coltrane, Roscoe Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Ari Brown and Gene Ammons.

Collier has shared the stage with many musicians both locally and internationally such as Chance the Rapper, Lewis Nash, Wadada Leo Smith III, Antonio Hart, Junius Paul, James Carter, Rene Marie, Carl Allen, Paul Rogers, Bennie Maupin, Rudy Van Gelder, Angel Bat Dawid and many more.

In addition to Collier playing at such notable venues and festivals as The Jazz Showcase, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, Lithuania Jazz Festival, The White House, Chicago Jazz Festival, Winter Jazzfest, The Hyde Park Jazz Festivals, Sons D'hiver Festival (Paris), The Logan Center, The Harris Theatre, U.S Embassy (Paraguay), he is
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ISAIAH COLLIER Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few : Cosmic Transitions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few : Cosmic Transitions
Post Bop 2021
ISAIAH COLLIER Parallel Universe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Parallel Universe
African Fusion 2023
ISAIAH COLLIER Isaiah Collier & the Chosen Few : The Almighty album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Isaiah Collier & the Chosen Few : The Almighty
21st Century Modern 2024

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ISAIAH COLLIER Return of the Black Emperor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Return of the Black Emperor
Post Bop 2018

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ISAIAH COLLIER Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few : The Unapologetic Negro album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few : The Unapologetic Negro
Post Bop 2019

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ISAIAH COLLIER Isaiah Collier & the Chosen Few : The Almighty

Album · 2024 · 21st Century Modern
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Five years ago I noticed a (virtually unknown at the time) young American jazz artist playing a gig during a jazz fest in a small provincial town in Samogitia, where every foreign artist was a real rarity. He sounded like the time machine transferred him there right from late 60s America, and it was quite unusual and interesting. This musician was sax player Isaiah Collier.

Now, after a few albums released and a lot of gigs played all around the globe, Isaiah is not a jazz world's "dark horse" anymore. His just released album, "The Almighty", is obviously noticed by media and listeners. What Isaiah offers on his new release is in fact a continuation of his earliest work. Emotively colored, richly arranged spiritual jazz, more precisely - a jazz suite performed by Collier's quartet with the help of a whole small orchestra on some pieces.

The album's music sounds exactly as one can expect from Collier - strongly influenced by Pharoah Sanders/Alice Coltrane works from the late 60s-early 70s, without even a trace of more current decades influence. To be precise, it is important to mention there is a stronger attention on composition in this album's music.

Just five longish songs, lasting more that one hour, all are tuneful, soulful and well played and arranged. Depending on the listener's taste, one can enjoy almost authentically re-vitalized sound and atmosphere of half-a-century old spiritual jazz, or miss some of nowadays musical elements in it. Same way, for some, the whole album can sound a bit bombastic, but then it fits well under the late 60s genre standards.

All in all, it's an interesting work of a rising artist who continues going his own way.

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