Corey Wilkes – Drop It
Delmark DE 582 (2008)
Jazz trumpeter Corey Wilkes burst on the Chicago jazz scene in 2002. Corey took on the ghost of Lester Bowie and filled the vacant seat in the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Big shoes to fill for a new musician but Corey isn’t an ordinary musician. He began at the age of 10, made the Illinois All State Honors Jazz Combo in high school and honed his talent at Berklee College of Music. His soulful notes can be heard gracing a variety of projects such as DJ sets by Logic, Osunlade, and Josh Deep, with tracks on Hidden Beach’s Unwrapped Vol. 4. Wilkes has also recorded with Roscoe Mitchell, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Tortoise, Ernest Dawkins, Nicole Mitchell, and The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble’s Hot ‘N’ Heavy (Delmark 574, DVD 1574).
With Chelsea Baratz, tenor sax; Jabari Liu, alto sax; Robert “Baabe” Irving III, piano and Fender Rhodes; Junius Paul, bass; Jeremy “Bean” Clemmons, drums. Drop It is Corey’s debut CD as leader.