According to MargAnn Turnipseed, "All of the discs on our label are live performances, with no studio tricks or gimmicks, captured with all their immediacy and energy." Twenty-nine year old Roland Guerin finished his musical education in 1991 at Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he studied under Alvin Batiste, world renowned jazz clarinetist. Roland went on to join the Mark Whitfield Band and has also performed, toured and recorded with some of the greats in Jazz such as: George Benson, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Roberts, Terence Blanchard, and Donald Harrison just to name a few. Roland's studies have served him well not only in his bold and captive playing style but in his innovative compositions.
On this new release composed completely by Roland we are thoroughly and completely taken over by a composer's efforts to create a literal piece of art. Roland has assembled a distinguished quintet to perform with him on his new release; he features a personal favorite of mine, Mark Whitfield on guitar, the ever impudent Nicholas Payton on trumpet, carrying the steady rhythmic melodies is Peter Martin on piano and the very impressive beat keeper Donald Edwards on drums. This quintet should definitely think about touring together and astonishing audiences as they do on this CD. Each member adds his own unique mark to these performances and blends together to create a musical icon to be enjoyed for years to come. On the title track, Roland creates a meaningful mood that expresses a feeling of true conviction to great classic jazz. On "Children of the Light" Roland and company create a ballad where each member steps to the forefront and showcases their talents while never stepping away from the feeling of group togetherness.
I believe that Roland Guerin is making a name for himself right next to the great Charles Mingus. I'm sure we will hear more from this talented musician / composer. I can't wait for Roland's next release!