Johnathan Blake – Homeward Bound (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Johnathan Blake – Homeward Bound (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 00:43:23 minutes | 934 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Blue Note Records

Homeward Bound—the remarkable Blue Note Records debut by drummer, composer, and bandleader Johnathan Blake—signals shifting tides for a career that’s yet to crest. The album, which will be released on October 29, is a celebration of life and legacy featuring Blake’s quintet Pentad with alto saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, vibraphonist Joel Ross, keyboardist David Virelles, and bassist Dezron Douglas.

The poignant title track “Homeward Bound (for Ana Grace),” which was released today, celebrates the short effervescent life of Ana Grace Marquez-Greene, the daughter of saxophonist Jimmy Greene and flutist Nelba Marquez-Greene who perished in the Sandy Hook tragedy nearly a decade ago. For Blake, who recalls the moment of her birth, Ana Grace’s time on earth resonates. “When little Ana was born, I remember what a blessing she was,” says Blake, who was on the road with Greene at the time in Tom Harrell’s band. “She had such a lively presence. So when I heard she’d been taken away, it affected me and I started writing this tune.”

Reminiscent of a melody Ana Grace might have hummed as she bounced into the room, “Homeward Bound (for Ana Grace)” prompts joyous and contemplative trades between Ross and Wilkins, a luminescent solo from Virelles and a feature from Blake just as effervescent as the spirit it honors. “She was always singing,” says Blake, “any room she went in, she would just sing.”

1 In the Beginning Was The Drum – 1:00
2 Homeward Bound (for Ana Grace) – 9:13
3 Rivers & Parks – 8:00
4 Shakin‘ The Biscuits – 4:52
5 Abiyoyo – 3:25
6 On The Break – 1:04
7 LLL – 6:10
8 Steppin‘ Out – 9:44