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Marcus Strickland Quartet + Eric Harland's Voyager: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Marcus Strickland (left) and Eric Harland, during their bands' performances at 92Y Tribeca. (johnrogersnyc.com)

This installment of The Checkout: Live From 92Y Tribeca features two heavy hitters. Saxophonist Marcus Strickland's upcoming double album Triumph of the Heavy, Vol. 1 & 2 is so named because it seeks the weight of substance and integrity. Drummer Eric Harland pounds the skins with heft and finesse alike; now in his mid-30s, he's already played on a lifetime's worth of records.

Perhaps you know Strickland from the bands of Roy Haynes, Dave Douglas and Jeff "Tain" Watts. Perhaps you know Harland from bands of Charles Lloyd, Dave Holland, McCoy Tyner or Joshua Redman. You get the point: The biggest jazz musicians want these guys for their bands.

Strickland and Harland are beginning to emerge as bandleaders themselves. Strickland has been working with a quartet; it features the lean muscularity of his horn and is grounded by rapport with his twin brother, drummer E.J. Strickland. Harland has just released his debut CD as a leader in the U.S.: Voyager: Live By Night highlights the polychromatic firestorm of his playing as he drives a crackling young band.

The Marcus Strickland Quartet and Eric Harland's Voyager quintet performed a live radio broadcast and online video webcast on WBGO's The Checkout: Live From 92Y Tribeca Tuesday, Aug. 9.


Video Highlights


Marcus Strickland Quartet

Personnel

  • Marcus Strickland, saxophones
  • David Bryant, piano
  • Ben Williams, bass
  • E.J. Strickland, drums

Set List

  • "Mudbone"
  • "Surreal"
  • "A Temptress' Gait"
  • "Dawn"
  • "Lilt"

Eric Harland and Voyager

Personnel

  • Eric Harland, drums
  • Walter Smith III, tenor saxophone
  • Julian Lage, guitar
  • Taylor Eigsti, piano
  • Harish Raghavan, bass

Set List

  • "Treachery"
  • "Turn Signal"
  • "Voyager"
  • "Eclipse"
  • "Cyclic Episode" (Sam Rivers)
  • "Maiden"
  • "Get Your Hopes Up" (T. Eigsti)
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Marcus Strickland Quartet, 'Mudbone'
Eric Harland & Voyager, 'Treachery'

Marcus Strickland (left) and Eric Harland, during their bands' performances at 92Y Tribeca.

Marcus Strickland.

Eric Harland.

Outside 92Y Tribeca.

Bassist Ben Williams (right) chats with drummer E.J. Strickland before the show.

Host Josh Jackson (left) speaks with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who was there as an audience m...

John Newcott mans the WBGO table at the performance.

Marcus Strickland chats with his bassist Ben Williams backstage.

Marcus Strickland (left) with his twin brother and drummer, E.J. Strickland.

Marcus Strickland.

David Bryant.

David Bryant.

Ben Williams.

Marcus Strickland.

David Bryant.

The Marcus Strickland quartet.

The crowd at 92Y Tribeca.

Outside the performance space at 92Y Tribeca.

Pianist Taylor Eigsti (left) and bassist Harish Raghavan, backstage.

Saxophonist Walter Smith III (left) and guitarist Julian Lage, backstage.

Julian Lage (left) and Walter Smith III, performing with Eric Harland's Voyager.

Eric Harland.

Taylor Eigsti.

Harish Raghavan.

Walter Smith III.

Julian Lage.

Eric Harland.

Taylor Eigsti.

Eric Harland and Voyager.

Eric Harland.

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