The Mugician

The Mugician

by Keyon HarroldKeyon Harrold


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The sophomore album from Keyon Harrold, 2017's ambitious, socially conscious The Mugician, finds the New York-based, Ferguson, Missouri-raised jazz trumpeter laying out an intensely felt, genre-bending vision of jazz in the 21st century. As the title somewhat cheekily implies, Harrold is not simply a musician, but also a magician, or "mugician"; a notion evoked by director Don Cheadle when trying to describe the trumpeter's spellbinding work on the 2016 Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead. Just as Davis broke down musical boundaries throughout his career, Harrold works to bridge genre gaps here, crafting expansive, often cinematic soundscapes that are equal parts improvisational jazz, psychedelic hip-hop, ruminative R&B balladry, and pointed social critique. It's an approach one might expect from a musician who counts both post-bop trumpeter Charles Tolliver and rapper Common as major influences. Joining Harrold on The Mugician are several longtime associates like guitarist Nir Felder, saxophonist Marcus Strickland, bassist Burniss Travis, drummer Mark Colenburg, and others. There are also a handful of special guests, including acclaimed pianist Robert Glasper and vocalists Jermaine Holmes and Georgia Anne Muldrow, all of whom commune on the atmospheric, '70s soul-infused "Wayfaring Traveler." Similarly, idiosyncratic R&B singer Bilal helps the trumpeter evoke the woozy '90s trip-hop of Massive Attack on "Stay This Way," and rapper Pharoahe Monch applies his acute wordplay to the sultry, minor-key grooves of "Her Beauty Through My Eyes." Also making notable contributions are singers Gary Clark, Jr., actor/comedian Guy Torry, reggae vocalist Josh David Barrett, and more. Harrold even makes room for a heartfelt, motivational voicemail from his mom that he frames with Darin Atwater's wide-screen orchestration. Along the way, he touches upon a bevy of timely, thoughtfully rendered topics from racism and bigotry to romantic fidelity and the environment. Throughout all of The Mugician, Harrold lives up to the album's title, conjuring rounded, clarion trumpet lines, spinning off his collaborators one second, and commanding the spotlight the next with an alchemical swagger.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2017
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0889854797423
catalogNumber: 547974
Rank: 84625

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keyon Harrold   Primary Artist,Piano,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards,Vocals
Shedrick Mitchell   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes
Pino Palladino   Bass
James Poyser   Synthesizer,Prophet Synthesizer,Arp Odyssey,Prophet 5
Aaron Draper   Percussion
Pharoahe Monch   Vocals
Grégoire Maret   Harmonica
Marcus Strickland   Bass Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Brandon Owens   Acoustic Bass
Robert Glasper   Piano
Maria Jeffers   Cello
Hanan Rubinstein   Guitar
Sam Barsh   fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Georgia Anne Muldrow   Vocals
Chris Dave   Drums
Gary Clark   Guitar,Vocals
Jeremy Most   Guitar
Nir Felder   Guitar
Darin Atwater   Conductor
Juliette Jones   Violin
Mark Colenburg   Percussion,Drums
Terrace Martin   Alto Saxophone
Christiana Liberis   Violin
Josh Henderson   Violin
Drew Griffin   Viola
Reenat Pinchas   Cello
Scott Tixier   Violin
Burniss Travis   Bass,Drums,Acoustic Bass
Andrea Pizziconi   Vocals
Trevor New   Viola
Jessica McJunkins   Violin
Guy Torry   Vocals
Ally Jenkins   Violin
Jermaine Holmes   Vocals
Josh David Barrett   Guitar,Vocals
Shirley Harrold   Vocals
Albert Harrold   Bass
Angenita Horrold   Background Vocals
Chervonia Andre   Background Vocals
Jarvis Benson   Viola
Jermon Harrold   Piano,Background Vocals
Niles Luther   Cello
Tracey Harrold-Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Lane   Production Director
Shedrick Mitchell   Composer
James Poyser   Arp String Ensemble
Andy Taub   Engineer
Frank Harkins   Art Direction
Chris Parks   Engineer
Bilal Oliver   Composer
Ben Kane   Engineer
Georgia Anne Muldrow   Composer
Keyon Harrold   Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer
Big K.R.I.T.   Composer
Jacob Sciba   Engineer
Cassidy Turbin   Engineer
Tariq Khan   Engineer
Darin Atwater   String Arrangements
Keith Lewis   Engineer
Troy Jamerson   Composer
Kenta Yonesaka   Engineer
Qmillion   Engineer
Micah Wyatt   Engineer
Luke Arens   Engineer
Jason Harrold   Producer,drum programming
Andrea Pizziconi   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Myles Turney   Engineer
Guy Torry   Composer
Benjamin Wollner   Engineer
Jermaine Holmes   Composer
Josh David Barrett   Composer
Shirley Harrold   Composer
Donny Scanz   Engineer
Drew Oliver   Engineer
Felicia Morris   Engineer
Isaac Choi   Engineer

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