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Now is the second album from the Chicago based multimedia Jazz experiment. Originally meant to be a solo project of sampled sound collages, Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble grew into something much bigger. The album features an array of multi-talented musicians, singers and producers, creating an epic journey of Jazz infused Gospel hymns and Afrobeat jams with samples thrown in for good measure throughout.
It’s a tribute to Emmett Till, a young black boy who was murdered in 1955 for apparently “offending a white woman” in Mississippi and to the 1963 March in Washington. The message is also what’s happening ‘Now’ regarding the BLM movement and everything surrounding it, hence the title, a stunning album from start to finish from a truly inspirational project.
Listen to Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble – Now – BELOW: