Saxophonist’s spiritual jazz hits Columbia Experimental Music Festival

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There comes a moment, then another, on James Brandon Lewis’ reading of “Swing Low” when he seems to be carrying on a conversation with himself.

The call, from Lewis’ saxophone, resembles a velvet prayer. The response, also from his horn, arrives in notes brief, almost involuntary. They sound something like breath. Something like the amen completing the prayer and compelling another.

Turn on any of Lewis’ music and tune into a never-ending conversation. The New York-based jazz luminary communes with family history and the musical record, with the inhibitions he sheds one note at a time, and with some version of himself still being sounded out — the James Brandon Lewis he’s becoming.

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Written by: Soft FM Radio Staff

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