Darryl Yokley and Sound Reformation just completed the first tour with performances at the Kennedy Center, Exuberance, the Side Door Jazz Club, and the Hartford Public Library as part of their Baby Grand Jazz Series. More coming soon!
Album now also available at Xango Music in the Netherlands!
"Top 10 Jazz album of 2018"- Jazz2K
"Top 20 jazz albums of 2018"-UK Vibe
"...the music has a hustling, declaratory spirit and a broadly Pan-African take on acoustic jazz, with touchstones spanning from Antilles to the Eastern Cape of South Africa."
-Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times
"New York saxophonist Darryl Yokley launches his vision beautifully with 'First Sunrise,' the jubilant opening to Pictures at an African Exhibition, a stirring album designed to celebrate African music and art. The album blends travelogue and social commentary in tunes of varying lengths and textures. Drama is common to these compositions, and while the overall message is upbeat, there is turbulence, too."
-Carlo Wolff, Downbeat Magazine
"Darryl Yokley: Lightyears ahead of his time."
-Jazz Quarterly Magazine
"Designed as a narrative supported by 13 works from British visual artist David Emmanuel Noel, Pictures At An African Exhibition engages in tracing the history of humankind through song.
Based on Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition, which the pianist wrote after visiting a museum and used what hung in galleries as a starting point, saxophonist Darryl Yokley claims the concept in order to compose a corrective history of humankind while nakedly shuttling emotion through his instrument."
-Dave Cantor, Downbeat Magazine Editor
"...simply wonderful jazz music by a guy who - and I'm a bit tempted to believe the American magazine Offbeat - is a few light years ahead of his time. Please get to know this and enjoy this magnificent, accessible jazz record!"
-Dani Heyvaert, Rootstime (Belgium)
"This is the kind of uplifting music the world needs in order to get through these times."
-Dave Sumner, Bandcamp Daily