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St. Paul’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church
Ulysses Owens, Jr., drums
Reuben Rogers, bassist
Joel Ross, vibraphonist
Widely regarded as one of the top jazz drummers of his generation, Ulysses Owens, Jr. (Joey Alexander, Kurt Elling, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride) continues to broaden his portfolio of work, further establishing him as a noted band leader and gifted composer and arranger.
The concept for his latest release (his fourth as a leader), stemmed from his desire to assemble a smaller group of musicians from which he draws inspiration. That in turn led Owens to tap noted vibraphonist Joel Ross and in-demand bassist Reuben Rogers to join him to form the trio called THREE.
The group’s first album, Falling Forward (Spice Of Live Records), showcases a varied repertoire ranging from classic standards, to upbeat, funk-driven numbers, to more obscure emotive pieces. Of his musical selections, Owens states: “I wanted to create a list of songs that would be accessible to the new jazz listener, and also a true jazz fan. I want to bring more of this great music to a broader audience, and allow people to discover a new affinity for the genre through this album. My only agenda is to make great music.”
Owens feels that ‘Falling Forward’ aptly describes his current place in life and adds: “I am at peace even in the midst of taking risks and finding balance in enjoying personal challenges, because growth is born out of lack of comfort and challenging the weakest place within.”
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