Marquez left Kansas City after graduating from high school in 2005. He plays a homecoming concert with his trio at Corbin Theater on Saturday, July 21.
Marquez favors groove-oriented, plugged-in artists like Thundercat on his Conscious Listening show. The comparatively buttoned-down jazz the pianist makes with bassist Ben Wheeler and drummer Steve Davis doesn’t fit the format. It may not be progressive, but Moving Forward in Time isn’t square.
A reworking of “Moment’s Notice” titled “Notice Moments” is particularly hip. Interpretations of hits by Bill Withers and Michael Jackson serve as inviting points of entry. Original material like “Peace March,” a composition inspired by the 2017 Women’s March in St. Louis, possesses a sense of defiant optimism. Marquez, Wheeler and Davis discuss the album in a two-minute promotional video.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)