Marquis Hill’s rise over the last few years has been striking and there’s no letting up. Since winning the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Composition award he has demonstrated full command of his art and built a reputation for synthesizing what he describes as the essential elements of the Africa-American creative heritage including contemporary and classic jazz, hip-hop, R&B, house and neo-soul.
Now, his sights are set even higher. In early 2022, Marquis will release his debut album on Edition: New Gospel Revisited, an extraordinary live recording that reimagines his debut as a leader with a new band, a new focus and a sharpened ear as a bandleader, composer and performer. The set is breathtakingly good with a band that sounds as inventive and creative as it reads on paper.
For Marquis, revisiting and re-energising the set that started his recording career is a slingshot to a new trajectory with a new label and new focus, as Marquis explains, “… New Gospel was my debut album and my first completed production. To revisit this music in a fresh way, with a new band has been uniquely invigorating – and hugely rewarding. Working in partnership with Dave and Edition, it’s thrilling to consider the long term and to see where my continued journey will take me next. Now I’d like to focus on the clarity of my voice and, together with Edition, even more effectively spread love and light through the music – to distinct audiences of distinct individuals, all around this world of ours.”
“Marquis is one of the brightest stars of his generation”, says Edition CEO, Dave Stapleton. “He has a rich and deep tone, a masterful command of his instrument and a strong compositional voice. In recent years his self-released albums, fearless and bold approach to music making has earned him a reputation as one of the most important jazz voices of his generation. We are incredibly excited to welcome Marquis to the Edition roster.”
His debut album for Edition, due for release in early 2022, is a brilliantly energetic live performance of the music from his 2012 debut album, New Gospel. Sharing the stage for this album, New Gospel Revisited is an A-list band including Walter Smith III, Joel Ross, James Francies, Kendrick Scott and Harish Raghavan.