Ogún Meji Duo
"The sparse drums and saxophone-combo seems somehow vulnerable, almost naked, but leads simultaneously to a brute force." Chris Monsen
"Powerful, assured, and filled with tremendous heart."- Cadence AMJ
"The album (#BLACKLIVESMATTER) shows the strength and impact jazz can still have when enough skill and emotion are involved."- JazzColumbus
After performing together in larger ensemble contexts, drummer Mark Lomax and tenor saxophonist Edwin Bayard have decided to expand their artistic voices by decreasing the ensemble size. Their first studio recording #BLACKLIVESMATTER (offered here as a free download) has proven to be a powerful confluence of aesthetics (sampling, free improvisation, and social justice themes), and it sparked a wave of creativity as the ensemble proceeded to release 5 additional recordings including Spirits of the Egúngún, which was included in Lomax’s groundbreaking composition, 400: An Afrikan Epic. Bayard and Lomax have the unique ability to connect with the soul of their audiences, even in the most complex passages, through their mastery of several musical languages from the Blues to Hip-Hop.