Name Your Price: Ezra Collective – “Chapter 7”


Today’s featured Name Your Price recording is Chapter 7 by Ezra Collective.

Their 2017 release Juan Pablo: The Philosopher illustrated the group’s arresting concoction of Afrobeat, modern fusion, cosmic jazz, post bop, hip hop and any number of other influences that seemed interesting to them at the time.  Their 2016 release Chapter 7 doesn’t spread out quite so far, and interesting to hear how they reformulate the ratios to which influences make their mark and how.  It’s the same quintet as on Juan Pablo, just without the guest musicians.

If you’re new to Ezra Collective, Chapter 7 is a nice introduction.  If you’re hip to their 2017 release, then count this album as more of the good stuff.

Your album personnel:  Dylan Jones (trumpet), James Mollison (tenor sax), Joe Armon-Jones (piano), TJ Koleoso (bass) and Femi Koleoso (drums).

Learn more about the album, and download it, at the artist’s Bandcamp page.

It’s also available at Amazon for five bucks.

Every Sunday, we’ll be featuring an album set to sell at Name Your Price.

A quick note about Name Your Price etiquette:  Whether marked Free or Name Your Price, this music is free for you to download.  You should.  The musicians want you to have it in your music library to enjoy.  But if you’re reading this site, no matter how diverse your backgrounds and experiences and lives may be, I’m completely certain that you all give a damn about the musicians who make your lives better with their creative pursuits, and you’d like to support them.  So, for those of you who don’t have a lot of familiarity with the Bandcamp NYP/Free models, here’s some approaches people commonly take:

  • Download the album, entering $0.00 as the price (for the Name Your Price), and if you like the music, you go back to download it again and this time enter a dollar amount that you think is fair; and if you don’t like the album, pay nothing.
  • Download the album, entering $0.00 as the price, and if you like the music, you go check out their proper studio recordings and buy one of those instead.
  • Download the album, entering $0.00 as the price, and if you like the album, you go buy a ticket to one of their shows and check them out live, and maybe shoot them an email or social media comment letting them know their free album compelled you to support their show.

Obviously, any funds these musicians raise is gonna get invested in making more music, so it’s in everyone’s best interests that we financially support the musicians who build the creative supports that we rely upon to get through life and to remind us how beautiful life can be.