by Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine

Soul Conversations marks the renowned drummer, Ulysses Owens Jr.’s recording debut with his new 19-piece outfit, the UOJ Big Band, as well as the artist’s first release on Outside in Music. Owens Jr. has gained his cred as an integral driver of ensembles led by Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, and Kurt Elling. Owens Jr. has also gained recognition for his own ensembles, including his New Century Jazz Quintet. Here he demonstrates a bold approach to large ensemble jazz, in a year just like last, where we have already heard remarkable large ensemble projects.

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