Drummer E.J. Strickland has been an indispensable sideman for several high-profile ensembles, including groups led by saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, guitarist Russell Malone, and his brother, saxophonist Marcus Strickland. More recently though, E.J. has increased his presence as a leader. Earlier this year, Strickland released his sophomore album as a leader, The Undying Spirit (Strick Muzik), with a hard-hitting post-bop quintet featuring his brother Marcus, alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, pianist Luis Perdomo, and bassist Linda Oh. This Thursday, Strickland will bring his other working group—Transient Beings—to The Jazz Gallery.
Like many of his peers, E.J. Strickland’s musical interests stretch beyond the traditional confines of jazz. With the atmospheric guitars of Tom Guarna and Nir Felder (Mark Whitfield will be filling in on Thursday), the funky bass lines of Rashaan Carter (Richie Goods fills in as well), and the rich, R&B vocals of Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Transient Beings creates an enticing blend of musical styles in flavors. Check out the group playing Strickland’s hard-grooving and lush song “Hold On To Your Love” in the video below.
On Thursday, Transient Beings will be joined by special guest Ravi Coltrane, who will add ever more flavors to the group’s distinctive brew.
E.J. Strickland’s Transient Beings performs at The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, December 10th, 2015. The group features Mr. Strickland on drums, Tom Guarna and Mark Whitfield on guitar, Rashaan Carter on bass, Sarah Elizabeth Charles on vocals, and special guest Ravi Coltrane on saxophones. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $15 general admission ($10 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.