Warriors For Peace
E.J. STRICKLAND - drums
GODWIN LOUIS - alto sax
JURE PUKL - tenor & soprano saxes
TABER GABLE - piano
JOSH GINSBURG - bass
ULRICH EDORH - vocals (track 11)
Fun. Stirring. Intriguing. Kinetic: There are so many moods and meanings enmeshed into E.J. Strickland’s music. His myriad influences and ideas crossing
and branching out in every direction set up the basis for a remarkable album.
"Warriors For Peace" will be a brilliant success and a joy to share a committed musical approach. It is an album with only original compositions by E.J.
Strickland which reflects the peaceful and persistent intensity with which battles for peace, equality, & justice are fought worldwide. It is a dedication
to those who break the silence and stand up for what is right, even in the face of much adversity.
The album was recorded in April 2018 on the road in Marseille (France). The overall feeling is very peaceful & joyous. Although one wouldn't classify
it as a ballads album, it gives a similar sensation of calm beauty & elegance. All the musicians on this album play with the same love & joy.
Each E.J. composition is a journey towards peace, whether it be about taking a stand against evil or finding inner peace within ourselves.
Strickland, who composed all the 11 tracks, including “Warriors For Peace” the eponymous title and a vocal “Let It Go”, stated about his musicians: “Godwin
Louis on alto sax is just a wonderful musician and human being. He is always “on” when we perform. Jure Pukl on tenor & soprano saxes, is a beautiful
musician who I’ve checked out a lot over the years as a leader of his own groups in NY. This will be our first album playing with one another. Taber
Gable is a super sensitive and exciting pianist who I’ve just started working with. You can really feel his love and appreciation for music in his
playing. Josh Ginsburg is a bassist with an incredible feel and spirit ».
It is high quality, sophisticated jazz in the modern traditional sense—nothing avant-garde, but fresh melodies with hip harmonies played head, solo,
head by some of the best jazz musicians in the business. As a matter of fact, E.J.’s bandmates’ performances are illuminating, but during all tunes
of “Warriors for Peace” it’s Strickland who’s shining the light!
In this CD, E.J. proves again his ability to get the most out of his musicians and to show that drummer-led music gives listeners a unique opportunity
to live creative, eclectic, enjoyable music, always full of freshness, fun and groove.