- Record Label: Anti-
- Release Date: Feb 3, 2023
- Summary: The latest full-length release for jazz tenor saxophonist/composer James Brandon Lewis features a guest appearance from The Messthetics.
- Record Label: Anti-
- Genre(s): Jazz, Avant-Garde, Post-Bop, Modal Music, Spiritual Jazz
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Positive: 7 out of 7
Mixed: 0 out of 7
Negative: 0 out of 7
Feb 8, 2023Eye of I showcases the immediacy and range in Lewis' musical imagination in composition, improvisation, and communication with a freer, more immediately instinctive persona on full display. All killer, no filler.
Feb 6, 2023An inspired listen, it stands as a wonderful achievement not only in jazz, but in African-American improvisatory arts more generally.
MojoFeb 6, 2023Lewis hits peak saxophone artistry here. [Mar 2023, p.89]
Feb 6, 2023“Even the Sparrow,” however, leans more directly into gospel, with the unison lines of the sax and electric violin creating blissful harmonics. Yes, even this one explodes into shrill, combustible sequences as it evolves. These ten pieces are a preamble of sorts to the explosive closer, “Fear Not.” ... Yet the six sound seekers find an anthemic melody, after a beginning of restless chaos, reaching a surprisingly peaceful resolution.
UncutFeb 6, 2023His playing can be free and fiery but it's also deeply soulful and sometimes almost aggressively melodic. [Mar 2023, p.29]
The WireMar 21, 2023For most of the album, the core group explore Lewis’s own compositions, with the leader and Hoffman engaging in thoughtful conversation as Jaffe conveys pulse rather than time. [Apr 2023, p.56]
Feb 28, 2023Once the tempos settle and some semblance of rational order is retained, Eye of I proves a less gnarly companion.
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