Pictures at an African Exhibition makes Top 10 Jazz albums of 2018 on Jazz 2k and Top 20 in U.K. Vibe!!
Pictures at an African Exhibition (TruthRevolution Records)
Evans (Orrin Evans) isn’t the only one proving “progressive big band” is not an oxymoron. Instead of a straight jazz reading of the classical suite known by Emerson, Lake & Palmer fans everywhere, reedman Darryl Yokley applies Mussorgsky’s concept to expansive original compositions that examine the horrific struggles of the African people through slavery, hunting, mining and other changes that can take everyday life and send it screaming down the rabbit hole into someplace entirely unexpected. The vivid paintings of British artist David Emmanuel Noel make the Mussorgsky connection complete, reminding us that there were real, live people that went through real, live horrors, sometimes for no other reason that they were available. Yokley’s musical visions are both thrilling and terrifying, but they must be experienced – if only to remind us that human beings have always been capable of anything, including being inhuman.
-Jay Hunter Jazz 2k
Pictures at an African Exhibition featured in Belgium magazine Rootstime!!!
Seven months after the release of Pictures at an African Exhibition and the album is still making the news. This time a wonderful review comes from Dani Heyvaert at Rootstime in Belgium!! To read this wonderful interview please click here
Duquesne University recognizes Darryl in their Alumni Highlights
Darryl Yokley attended Duquesne University from 2000-2003 (technically the class of 2004, but Darryl graduated a semester early). Since then he completed a masters at Michigan State university and has had a successful career as a performer and educator. No matter how far success might take him he has never forgotten where he comes from, and a large part of his development is credited to his time at Duquesne University. So to be featured in the alumni highlights for the Mary Pappert School of music is something he considers an honor, and he hopes to visit Duquesne University and the city of Pittsburgh to give back to this rich community in the near future. To read the article featured in the alumni highlights click here.
Ubuntu named track of the day on All About Jazz!!
Although Pictures at an African Exhibition was released in April of this year the album continues to turn heads and gain more fans. The hit single Ubuntu was named track of the day on All About Jazz for September 3rd, 2018. It also received a 4 our 5 star rating from All About Jazz critic Fiona Ord- Shrimpton who had this to say about Ubuntu: "Something virtuosic, light and hopeful to keep people together, not as reductive as Descartes...or the internet."
The track is only up for today so be sure to take a listen if you haven't heard this track yet and if you like what you hear be sure to pick up a copy of Pictures at an African Exhibition!
Black Grooves features Pictures at an African Exhibition in it's June 2018 African American Music appreciation month!
More than a month after it's official release Pictures at an African Exhibition is still garnering quite a bit of attention. The album was featured last month in Black Grooves where it was listed as a Notable Release for the month of April. This month the album was reviewed by Black Grooves in a wonderful article written by Brenda Nelson Strauss. Please visit here to read the full interview at Blackgrooves.org!! Black Grooves is a music review site hosted by the Archives of African American Music & Culture (AAAMC) at Indiana University. Their goal is to promote black music by providing our readers with monthly updates on interesting new releases and quality reissues in all genres─including gospel, blues, jazz, funk, soul, R&B, world music, and hip-hop—as well as classical music composed or performed by black artists.