Blue Note/Revive debut Nihil Novi (a Latin phrase that translates to “nothing new”) but to the contrary, this album is fresh and full of life. Marcus Strickland takes us on a journey into our hearts and minds but with a few tracks getting us onto our feet. Produced by Meshell Ndegeocello this album also involved trumpeter Keyon Harrold, bassist Kyle Miles, drummer Charles Haynes, organist Mitch Henry, and keyboardist Masayuki Hirano. Nihil Novi also includes appearances from singer Jean Baylor, bassists Pino Palladino and Ndegeocello, keyboardist James Francies, drummer Chris Dave, guitarist Chris Bruce, and pianist Robert Glasper.
From free jazz to beat-making reminiscent of the late J Dilla the experience surpasses genre and goes straight to the soul.