Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra | In Pursuit Of The 9th Man

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In Pursuit Of The 9th Man

by Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra

Baltimore-based bass clarinetist Todd Marcus uses his unique skill as a master of jazz improvisaton on an unorthodox instrument, and as a composer and arranger of powerful and poignant music, to create passionate original music
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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1. Intro
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2. In Pursuit of the 9th Man
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3. Ma'aelsalama
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4. Harper's Choice
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5. Plummeting
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6. If I Should Lose You
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7. Lament
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8. Prelude
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9. A Gentler Sort of Thing
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10. Mr. Sunshine and His Eight Bandits
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11. Pompeii
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Bass clarinetist and composer Todd Marcus is one of the few artists worldwide to focus exclusively on the use of the bass clarinet in jazz. Jazz Times contributing writer David Adler writes, “Marcus…brings a saxophonic rigor to the bass clarinet while also generating enough sonic power to front a nine-piece ensemble…With his melodic imagination and technical aptitude on an unorthodox horn, Marcus has something truly new and personal to offer.”

Self taught in jazz theory and composition, Marcus features his work in the Todd Marcus Jazz Orchestra which utilizes a 6-horn front line of bass clarinet, alto sax/flute, alto sax, tenor sax, trumpet, and trombone, plus piano, bass, and drums.
Comprised of many of the area's up-and-coming musicians, the band combines the broad sounds of a large ensemble with the extended soloing typical of a quartet.

The debut recording In Pursuit of the 9th Man (Hipnotic Records) features original music which Marcus arranges to highlight the rich sounds and textures of the ensemble. The music often incorporates jazz with other influences from classical to middle-eastern themes but always swings hard and features strong solos from of each member in the ensemble. The result is music with great passion and sincerity - something which speaks to the essence of jazz.


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KMS

Absolutely innovative and rich!
This first album (of hopefully many) is absolutely innovative and exciting. I might be new to the field of jazz, but Marcus's compositions really showcase the talent of the musicians and show his skill as an artist. Bravo!

Mark Stevens

impressive debut cd by a musician to keep an eye on
I haven't heard any other records where the bass clarinet is used this way in straight-ahead jazz playing. Usually I've heard that instrument only in free jazz. But this guy can really play as an equal to any of the serious sax players out there. The music swings hard and there are some really nice original compositions too. Nice too how all the horns are used here in the lush arrangements of each tune. Definately a new musician to keep an eye on.