Marquis Hill. The Way We Play. US 2016.

Marquis Hill. The Way We Play. US 2016.

  • Marquis Hill Quintet
  • Joshua Ramos: Bass
  • Christofer McBride: Alto Sax
  • Marquis Hill: Trumpet
  • Justin Thomas: Vibraphone
  • Makaya McCraven: Drums

I really want to make it very clear that this is the sound of my band, which is uniquely Chicago. I wanted to put everything on the table – this is the way that we play,” Marcus Hill interview, JazzTimes 2015.

For the past five years, 29-year-old trumpeter Marquis Hill has been invigorating the Chicago jazz scene with his sleek approach to modern jazz, which often incorporates elements of spoken word and hip-hop.

The Way We Play is hardly a color-by-numbers jazz standards album. As Hill has done on his previous discs, he revitalizes the material by placing heavier emphasis on the groove, which enables the compositions to resonate more to a 21st-century jazz audience – hence the disc’s witty title.

Album Reviews:
AllMusic: Hill is a dynamic performer whose trumpet can be hushed and breathy one minute, and boldly clarion the next.

All About Jazz: While the album is certainly a showcase for Hill’s fluid talents as an improvisor, it also works to showcase his skills as a bandleader.



  • Artist: Marquis Hill
  • Album:  The Way We Play
  • Country: US
  • Release June 24, 2016
  • Label: Concord Jazz ‎– CJA 39206-02

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