Mark Lomax, II & The Urban Art Ensemble: Blues In August
  • Mark Lomax, II & The Urban Art Ensemble: Blues In August
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Taking a cue from the great Max Roach’s work with his double quartets (as captured on such recordings as Bright Moments, Easy Winners, and Live at Vilharmonie), composer Mark Lomax, II engaged the yet fertile space between European classical and African American improvised musics while harnessing the essence of the Blues sensibility potently captured in the work of August Wilson. Using themes from several plays as a narrative guide, Lomax created a five movement framework that celebrates the unbridled humanity in Wilson’s work.

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