Kevin Julien launches "The Sureshot Immaculate" (an alter ego for his jazz and improvisational excursions) with the release an extended play of original compositions.
The pulsating opening track "Mellifluous" is a driven by the amazing breakbeat drumming of Kenny Phelps. With elements of latin music it brought out compelling musical statements from all of the soloists.
"Bravado" is a blues and continues the uptempo theme with changes in feel and time signatures along the way.
The Latin flavor continues with "Just When I Thought It Was Over". A mid tempo romper it perfectly sets the stage for the final piece.
The record closes with "Blood and Treasure". The haunting piece has proven popular among Jazz connoisseurs as it regularly features on radio shows and popular Jazz playlists.
It is a composition with many layers of musical ambiguity. Sometimes it is modal, at others chordal. It is in waltz time and could be classed as a blues but it does not sound like what we usually recognize as the blues.
I have given my life (blood) and honed my craft (treasure) to do this.
Everything it took to get to the release of this recording could be considered "The Impossible".
J'Ouvert (meaning daybreak or morning) signals the start of Carnival. The main theme (the A Section) was orignally written by Kevin at 10 years old. He grew up with many styles of music including the work of Alson Becket Cyrus and Lord Kitchener (Calypsonian).