Congrats Maria Grand on her track “Imani/Walk By” from “Magdalena” (@biophiliarecords)
Thanks Alex Ariff (@sheriffariff) from @wbgojazz and thanks to @npr. Thank you @imaniuzuri for inspiring this song, and inspiring my/the world! .
“Maria Grand first grabbed my ears with her relaxed, intricate bounce on the tenor saxophone. But, when I heard her sing, and sing what I learned were her own poetic introspective lyrics, I dug deeper. Her singing voice has pillow tone and precise pitch, and lands each word with the same ease and diction she's achieved on the horn. Grand wrote the piano and voice duet "Imani / Walk By" in admiration for her friend, musician and songwriter Imani Uzuri. Grand says that the words aren't quotes but are rather "words of wisdom she could have (and probably has) said." Grand says of the song's muse, "about intersectionality, about the meaning of life, about a path towards feeling whole and honest." The song's youthful honesty demonstrates a maturity and comfort in vulnerability that we need more of in today's jazz landscape. — Alex Ariff, WBGO