James Brandon Lewis - Days Of FreeMan (2015) [Official Digital Download]

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James Brandon Lewis - Days Of FreeMan (2015) [Official Digital Download]

James Brandon Lewis - Days Of FreeMan (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time - 62:39 minutes | 798 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis, along with bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer Rudy Royston, delivers a taut, street-smart set, rooted firmly in hip-hop ancestry yet crafted to honor the tenets of inspired jazz improvisation. References to venerated elders from diverse genres permeate both the music and Lewis’ written narrative, including shout-outs to historic hip-hop groups and rap-music forebears like A Tribe Called Quest, Digable Planets and Lee “Scratch” Perry. To make an even larger point about the grand scope of African-American heritage, interspersed throughout are recorded excerpts of Lewis’ grandmother, Pearl Lewis, ruminating on such topics as freedom, faith, family and the power of gospel music.


Days of FreeMan is a retrospective album that picks up where Divine Travels ended, further exploring the identity of saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. The album is a soundscape inspired by and channeling, but not duplicating, the fragmented sounds of his early childhood days in Buffalo, NY, on Freeman Street, where his ears were washed with early '90s hip-hop. Through sound, each track explores vital themes of earlier times and today - social, political, scientific and religious. On Days of FreeMan, Lewis is joined by electric bass legend Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer Rudy Royston. James Brandon Lewis was raised in the church, which formed the core of the saxophonist's spiritual outlook. While many musicians are inspired by the church, Lewis says that it's most important impact was not musical but personal, laying the foundation for his creative approach.

Tracklist:

01 - Foreword
02 - Brother 1976
03 - Of Dark Matter
04 - Black Ark
05 - Break I
06 - Days of FreeMan
07 - Bird of Folk Cries
08 - Break II
09 - Wilson
10 - Lament for JLew
11 - Break III
12 - Bamako Love
13 - Boom Bap Bop
14 - Steelo
15 - Break IV
16 - Able Souls Dig Planets
17 - Speaking from Jupiter
18 - Unarmed with a Mic
19 - Epilogue (Brother 1976)

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Paul Wickliffe.

Analyzed: James Brandon Lewis / Days Of FreeMan
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR9 -0.76 dB -12.04 dB 0:32 01-Foreword
DR10 -0.71 dB -12.59 dB 3:42 02-Brother 1976
DR11 -0.71 dB -13.84 dB 3:24 03-Of Dark Matter
DR11 -0.71 dB -13.16 dB 5:04 04-Black Ark
DR11 -0.71 dB -14.52 dB 0:49 05-Break I
DR10 -0.71 dB -14.64 dB 3:44 06-Days of FreeMan
DR9 -0.71 dB -12.13 dB 7:11 07-Bird of Folk Cries
DR11 -0.71 dB -13.31 dB 0:46 08-Break II
DR11 -0.71 dB -13.80 dB 4:13 09-Wilson
DR9 -0.71 dB -11.87 dB 5:00 10-Lament for JLew
DR10 -0.71 dB -13.12 dB 1:40 11-Break III
DR9 -0.71 dB -13.33 dB 3:51 12-Bamako Love
DR12 -0.71 dB -14.34 dB 4:22 13-Boom Bap Bop
DR10 -0.71 dB -12.70 dB 5:29 14-Steelo
DR11 -0.71 dB -13.26 dB 1:19 15-Break IV
DR11 -0.71 dB -12.92 dB 4:14 16-Able Souls Dig Planets
DR11 -0.71 dB -13.03 dB 3:22 17-Speaking from Jupiter
DR10 -0.71 dB -12.78 dB 3:16 18-Unarmed with a Mic
DR11 -0.71 dB -15.56 dB 0:41 19-Epilogue (Brother 1976)
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Number of tracks: 19
Official DR value: DR10

Samplerate: 48000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1600 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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