Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins to Release New Album “The 7th Hand” on Jan. 28th, 2022 | LISTEN! Announces 2022 Tour Dates!

Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins to Release New Album “The 7th Hand” on Jan. 28th, 2022

The music of saxophonist and composer Immanuel Wilkins is filled with empathy and conviction, bonding arcs of melody and lamentation to pluming gestures of space and breath. Listeners were introduced to this riveting sound with his acclaimed debut album Omega. The album also introduced his remarkable quartet with Micah Thomas on piano, Daryl Johns on bass, and Kweku Sumbry on drums, a tight-knit unit that Wilkins features once again on his stunning sophomore album The 7th Hand.

The 7th Hand explores relationships between presence and nothingness across an hour-long suite comprised of seven movements. “I wanted to write a preparatory piece for my quartet to become vessels by the end of the piece, fully,” says the Brooklyn-based, Philadelphia-raised artist who Pitchfork said “composes ocean-deep jazz epics.”

Conceptually, the record evolves what Wilkins begins exploring on Omega, which included a four-part suite within the album. On The 7th Hand, all his compositions represent movements, played in succession. “They deal with cells and source material like a suite would,” says Wilkins, “but they function as songs, as well.”

While writing, Wilkins began viewing each movement as a gesture bringing his quartet closer to complete vesselhood, where the music would be entirely improvised, channeled collectively. “It’s the idea of being a conduit for the music as a higher power that actually influences what we’re playing,” he says. The 7th Hand derives its title from a question steeped in Biblical symbolism: If the number 6 represents the extent of human possibility, Wilkins wondered what it would mean — how it would sound — to invoke divine intervention and allow that seventh element to possess his quartet.

Wilkins often draws inspiration from critical thought. Even the striking album artwork challenges convention: “I wanted to remix the Southern Black baptism, and also provide critique on what is considered sanctified and who can be baptized.”

Whether The 7th Hand reaches full vesselhood matters less than the attempt itself. Wilkins and his bandmates reveal their collective truth by peeling themselves back, layer by layer, movement by movement. “Each movement chips away at the band until the last movement — just one written note,” says Wilkins. “The goal of what we’re all trying to get to is nothingness, where the music can flow freely through us.”

IMMANUEL WILKINS – 2022 TOUR DATES:

January 28: The Side Door, Old Lyme, CT
January 29: Harlem Stage, New York, NY
January 30: The Falcon, Marlboro, NY
February 18: SFJAZZ, San Francisco, CA
February 20: Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay, CA
February 21: Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz, CA
February 22: Portland Jazz Festival, Portland, OR
February 23: Just Jazz Series, Los Angeles, CA
February 26: Kennedy Center, Washington DC
March 3: Bimhuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 4: Paradox Tilburg, Tilbourg, The Netherlands
March 5: Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
March 6: DeSingel, Antwerp, Belgium
March 8: Porgy & Bess, Vienna, Austria
March 9: Jazz Club Unterfahrt, Munich, Germany
March 13: You Must Believe in Spring Festival, Mantova, Italy
March 14: Ronnie Scott’s, London, UK
March 15: Le Duc des Lombards, Paris, France
March 16: Le Duc des Lombards, Paris, France
March 17: 30CC, Leuven, Belgium
March 19: Terrassa Jazz, Terrassa, Spain
March 20: Tempo Club, Madrid, Spain
March 22: Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastian, Spain
March 23: ZigZag Club, Berlin, Germany
March 24: Halle424, Hamburg, Germany
March 25: Transition Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Immanuel Wilkins • The 7th Hand • Release Date: January 28, 2022

Blue Note Records

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