BEST JAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
"These are brilliant, self-contained compositions that also lend themselves perfectly to the modern jazz idiom. Only Billy Childs couLD have pulled this off with such intelligence and certainty of vision."
"Billy Childs is creating some of the most beautiful music around. Childs and Blade are creating a canon of work equal to the piano and drum teams of Ahmad and Vernell, Tommy and Elvin, Evans and Motian, or Chick and Roy. Yes, the piano and drum interplay on The Winds of Change is that good!"
"Today, most jazz musicians imagine that they are composers. Billy Childs really is one. He writes wonderful melodies and offers them to the world in elegantly proportioned, complete musical forms."
"Fans from most any period of Billy Childs’ career will find much to like on this marvelous, intriguing release. He continues to inspire, no matter which musical genre he explores."
For his third Mack Avenue Records release, 5-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Billy Childs assembles an all-star quartet with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Brian Blade. On The Winds of Change, the critically acclaimed pianist/composer offers 5 brand new original compositions alongside exhilarating arrangements of Chick Corea’s “Crystal Silence” (originally on Corea’s 1972 ECM recording of the same name with vibraphonist Gary Burton) and Kenny Barron’s “The Black Angel” (originally on trumpeter Freddie Hubbard’s 1970 Atlantic recording of the same name) to push the creative boundaries of the group and inspire a collective new sound to pay homage to jazz legends and the artistry.