Will Magid's trumpet will take you to Havana in the summertime. It will take you to a Ghanaian funeral and, simultaneously, a French dance club. It will take you to soul music in Japan, then to the cusp of the end of the world, where everyone's dancing because they have nothing to lose.
The trumpet will holler vibrantly no matter what. And it's a flexible instrument, well suited for this record's victorious leaps among sounds from the past, sounds from here and sounds from elsewhere.
Will, who studied ethnomusicology at UCLA, has gathered inspiration from playing music on every continent except Antarctica. (Please let him know if you have any leads down there. Also, ask him about the time he was flown to Ecuador to play on stage with Alonzo, a musician aspiring to be the Michael Buble of Latin America.)
While he's devoted to his trumpet, Will is truly a multi-instrumentalist/producer. On his new record, he plays the guitar and the keyboard, and he sings. He's joined on select tracks by Iggy Mon (Trinidad), Pleasuremaker (Afrolicious) and Ezekial McCarter on vocals, Ben Altieri on guitar, and Aaron Leibowitz on guitar and sax. The resulting pieces are buoyant, multifarious jams packed with rich layers of celebratory horns, bouncing percussion, classical strings and even a bit of ambient noise.
He's also had the honor to play and collaborate with many talented artists from diverse genres of music, such as Solomon Burke, Soji Odukogbe (Fela Kuti), Kenny Burrell, Baba Ken Okulolo, Ocote Soul Sounds, Pangea Collective, CocoRosie, Afrolicious, and Bushwalla.
A collector of sounds, Will layers the familiar with the curious, building imaginary worlds somehow both strange and close to home.