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September 26, 2020

Rage, Power, Pride, Peace

By: Laurie Gallardo

JaRon Marshall honors the documentary The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 by christening his latest set of recordings as The Black Power Tape, released just yesterday. In the film, Goran Hugo Olsson pieced together years of rediscovered footage recorded by the Swedish National Broadcasting Company, covering the Black Power and anti-war movements. It’s candidness and relevancy inspired Marshall to present his own musical narrative in four parts:  Rage (“Last June”), power (“Power”), pride (“FORWHTITSWRTH”), and peace (“Beginning of The End”). The introspection becomes external expression.

Marshall feels the connections between funk, neo-soul, jazz, hip-hop and R&B, all vital elements to his creative process. From all of this springs a fresh talent that crosses genres. At age 26, he plays keys for Black Pumas, has performed at several international music festivals, and is making waves with recent releases,\ The Gold Tapes: Vol. 1-3, and now The Black Power Tape.

Coming up – JaRon Marshall & The Collective are the featured guests on Monks Jazz Livestream at 7:30 p.m. Central tomorrow night, Sunday September 27, on YouTube. This one comes very recommended.

-Image courtesy of the artist.