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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the Chicago jazz bassist features contributions from Jim Baker, Vincent Davis, Justin Dillard, Marquis Hill, Makaya McCraven (who also produced the album), Shanta Nurullah, Irvin Pierce, Tomeka Reid, Isaiah Spencer, and Corey Wilkes.
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  1. Mojo
    Dec 12, 2019
    80
    On a par with McCraven's similarly sprawling and revolutionary Universal Beings--and that's no mean feat. [Jan 2020, p.89]
  2. Uncut
    Dec 12, 2019
    80
    Bold. ... But Ism is finest when at its funkiest. [Jan 2020, p.28]
  3. Dec 12, 2019
    80
    Ism reflects its many homes and the many sounds that feed into the music of the Windy City. Which might sound restless, except Paul exudes such confidence that no matter the session, his bass makes it all hang together.
  4. The Wire
    Dec 12, 2019
    80
    The music on Ism is intimate. Pieces end with a jolt. Brief interludes take a questioning tone, as if the fragments are enough in themselves, no need for resolution. The album’s warmth – a quality shared by McCraven’s output – owes much to the International Anthem engineering approach. [Jan 2019, p.66]
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