by Nikki Birch, NPR
The Baylor Project, Generations
Thrice Grammy-nominated husband and wife Marcus and Jean Baylor have outdone themselves with their latest offering, Generations. The album is a portal through the expansive legacy of Black music. Highlights include “2020,” which features Marcus’ explosively musical drumming; an acrobatic scat masterclass by Jean and guests Dianne Reeves and Jazzmeia Horn on “We Swing (The Cypher)”; “Strivin'” with guitarist Kenny Garrett; and “Only Believe,” a duet with Jamison Ross. From one song to the next, we are treated to the exquisite silkiness of Jean’s vocals and Marcus’ incredible finesse on the kit, which together create an album that is incredibly moving and relevant. Gospel, jazz, R&B, soul, blues — it’s a complete package. Don’t be surprised when Generations gets the duo more Grammy attention later this year.
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