One of my top ten favorite jazz records in 2015 was the modern hybrid, Supreme Sonancy Vol. 1, a beguiling jazz-centric blend of soul music and hip hop. The highlight of that release was saxophonist Marcus Strickland’s chill-out remake of Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait Awhile,” and that vibe is layered through much of his illustrious Blue Note/Revive debut, Nihil Novi (Blue Note/Revive) which is Latin for “nothing new.” That self-effacing title isn’t entirely truthful since Strickland artfully traffics in aerodynamic samples and loops that underscore his laid back improvisational licks. While this very hip release, produced and steered by the multi-talented bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, has the kind of overt style and beats that makes the Revive label thrive, Ndegeocello and Strickland smartly feature the shimmering vocals of Jean Baylor on pop/soul charmers like “Talking Loud” — she’s a surefire VIP who, along with the rising star trumpeter Keyon Harrold, gives the album a notable flair. Strickland has crafted a consummate soul-jazz record with heartfelt songs, smooth harmonics and edgy sonic textures. (14 tracks; 50 minutes)

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