JAMES BRANDON LEWIS

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Saxophonist and composer James Brandon-Lewis has earned a reputation as a rock-solid sideman and soloist among musicians in gospel, R&B, and jazz.

Lewis was born in Buffalo, New York in 1983. Raised in the church -- whose influence upon his spiritual outlook is central -- he was exposed to the aforementioned genres early, and studied music with Carol McLaughlin. He attended the Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts. Upon graduation, he continued his studies with Charlie Young at Howard University.

While at Howard, Lewis was able to perform with jazz artists including Geri Allen, Benny Golson, Wallace Roney, and Bill Pierce. He was a member of the Howard University Jazz Ensemble that toured Japan under the direction of Fred Irby, and performed at the Kennedy Center Honors backing John Legend, k.d. lang, and Vanessa Williams.

After graduating from Howard in 2006, Lewis moved to Colorado where he became active in the
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JAMES BRANDON LEWIS Moments album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moments
Fusion 2010
JAMES BRANDON LEWIS Divine Travels album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Divine Travels
Avant-Garde Jazz 2014
JAMES BRANDON LEWIS Days of FreeMan album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Days of FreeMan
Eclectic Fusion 2015
JAMES BRANDON LEWIS No Filter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Filter
Eclectic Fusion 2017
JAMES BRANDON LEWIS James Brandon Lewis And Chad Taylor : Radiant Imprints album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
James Brandon Lewis And Chad Taylor : Radiant Imprints
21st Century Modern 2018
JAMES BRANDON LEWIS An UnRuly Manifesto album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
An UnRuly Manifesto
21st Century Modern 2019
JAMES BRANDON LEWIS James Brandon Lewis Quartet : Molecular album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
James Brandon Lewis Quartet : Molecular
21st Century Modern 2020
JAMES BRANDON LEWIS James Brandon Lewis / Red Lily Quintet : Jesup Wagon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
James Brandon Lewis / Red Lily Quintet : Jesup Wagon
21st Century Modern 2021
JAMES BRANDON LEWIS James Brandon Lewis Quartet with Aruán Ortiz, Brad Jones and Chad Taylor: Code of Being album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
James Brandon Lewis Quartet with Aruán Ortiz, Brad Jones and Chad Taylor: Code of Being
21st Century Modern 2021

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JAMES BRANDON LEWIS James Brandon Lewis, Chad Taylor : Live in Willisau album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
James Brandon Lewis, Chad Taylor : Live in Willisau
Avant-Garde Jazz 2020
JAMES BRANDON LEWIS James Brandon Lewis, Patrick Holmes, Ches Smith & Josh Werner : Resilient Vessels Live at The Cell album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
James Brandon Lewis, Patrick Holmes, Ches Smith & Josh Werner : Resilient Vessels Live at The Cell
Eclectic Fusion 2021

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JAMES BRANDON LEWIS James Brandon Lewis Quartet with Aruán Ortiz, Brad Jones and Chad Taylor: Code of Being

Album · 2021 · 21st Century Modern
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Born in Buffalo in 1983, James Brandon Lewis is the son of a preacher father and a schoolteacher mother. A New York-based rising star sax player, he has a background in University studies under Wadada Leo Smith and also playing gospel as well. After some years working for TV and as a studio musician, Lewis started his recording career as a leader in 2010, playing avant-garde jazz and modern jazz-related crossover music. His soulful, r'n'b and soul rooted liquid sax sound is always mixed with free improvisation in the same way of the great free jazz masters of the 60s.

Lewis' first album with an accent on composition (and his European debut) was actually a duo album (James Brandon Lewis - Chad Taylor "Radiant Imprints", Off Records, 2018, Belgium). The duo played at Willisau Fest (released on "Live in Willisau", Intakt, 2020,Switzerland) and then grew into a quartet with bassist Brad Jones, and pianist Aruán Ortiz, which recorded and released their critically acclaimed debut on Swiss Intakt the same year.

Just released, "Code Of Being" is the quartet's second album and Lewis' third European release. Recorded in Switzerland, the album contains possibly the best music Lewis has played until now. The band is very capable, including one of the most interesting piano player of his generation, Cuban Aruán Ortiz. Many songs have strong melody and are quite memorable, with soulful Lewis' sax soloing (very much in Rahsaan Roland Kirk vein). Still differently from Kirk, Lewis doesn't play groovy r'n'b, his music is closer to cinematic pseudo-soundtrack, which incorporates many genres, from Ortiz Latin-scented piano on "Where Is Hella", to the almost chamberesque "Tessera". The album's opener, "Resonance", is an absolute beauty, it comes as today's minimalistic echo of Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra's debut music.

By its structure, the album's content is well balanced, mixing some very tuneful songs with more free and complex compositions. The listener never expect what comes next.

Being far not so simple under the skin, the music here sounds surprisingly accessible. "Code Of Being" is one among the better examples of modern creative jazz, which combines the tradition and modernity in a right proportion.

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