James Williams' exciting new group ICU opened the APFJ's Fall Jazz Series on September 17th  to a packed house that was on its feet applauding master sax player Billy Pierce, Tony Reedus on drums, John Lockwood on bass, Mr. Williams on piano and two absolutely marvelous singers, Miles Griffith and Roger Holland.
A Place For Jazz
"..the incredible vocal talents of Miles Griffith..."
Steve Jones, USA TODAY
"...Miles Griffith proved as adept as [Jon] Hendricks in his outbreaks of scat.">
Richard S. Ginell, Daily Variety
"Miles Griffith's Jesse has the power to snarl and growl at the horns, plus a gritty approach to scatting that provides fitting contrast to Jon Hendricks."
Bob Blumenthal, Boston Globe
"In articulating this message, [Wynton] Marsalis has written the most accomplished score of his career. It's an epic work (to be released on three compact discs) with a sublimely poetic libretto by Marsalis; lean and dissonant orchestral writing; and vocal passages by turns sensual (the low-register phrases that Cassandra Wilson sings as Leona), plaintive (the laments that Miles Griffith offers as Jesse) and mercurial (the nimble scat passages that Jon Hendricks produces in dual roles."
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
"Griffith's haughty delivery contrasts with [Cassandra] Wilson's smoky phrasings..."
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