Isaiah Collier, in his early twenties, embraces cosmic jazz and makes a deep impression with his powerful, uplifting playing on tenor and soprano sax. His album Cosmic Transitions was recorded on his great example John Coltrane’s birthday, in the same studio and with the same analogous equipment as the Coltrane classic A Love Supreme. Collier pays tribute to tradition while also looking ahead with his band The Chosen Few, with whom he will perform on So What’s Next.
Isaiah Collier made his mark in Chicago, in bands such as Angel Bat Dawid’s Brotherhood and as an accompanist for Chance The Rapper and Wadada Leo Smith, among others. His five-part suite Cosmic Transitions was recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey, founded by legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder. The album, going by the same name, was awarded a five-star review in leading jazz magazine Downbeat.
Isaiah Collier – soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone
Mike King – piano
Jeremiah Hunt – double bass
Michael Shekwoaga Ode – drums
Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few will be performing at So What’s Next Downtown – Sunday, 30 October