Jaron Lamar Davis | 1857... Antwon Rose

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1857... Antwon Rose

by Jaron Lamar Davis

Artist/Drummer Jaron Lamar Davis displays his unique writing style; taking a horrific story line and giving it an undeniable groove.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. 1857... Antwon Rose (feat. Rochelle Rice)
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Mike Brown.
Freddie Gray.
Terrance Crutcher.
Eric Garner.
Philando Castille.
Alton Sterling.
Walter Scott.
Tamir Rice.
Jordan Edwards.
Laquan McDonald.
Emantic Bradford Jr.

The list of African American men unjustly killed by police officers in the United States unfortunately, goes on and on. In addition to the names listed, there are several more who faced a similar fate.
However, in a garden of fallen men, a rose yet stands. Antwon Rose. On a choppy sea of hatred and death, a rose somehow gently drifts with the breakers on these turbulent, murky waters and serves as reminder to all those who dare demand the rose but despise its thorns. Antwon Rose.
Missing from the aforementioned list is the name Jaron Lamar Davis. He is the mastermind composer behind the amazing debut jazz album My View Through the Lens of Music and his latest groundbreaking piece 1857...Antwon Rose. Jaron is a loving husband, father, gifted musician, artist, and composer. But long before Jaron’s rose pedals began to come into full bloom, his thorns were at the forefront of his young life. Like Antwon Rose, he was an advanced student, active in his community, but like many young African American men, Jaron battled with the pull of the street life. By my estimation, there is but one significant difference between Antwon and Jaron. One rose, was given the chance to grow despite his thorns. The other, was prematurely cut down because of his.
The soft, yet piercing vocals of Rochelle Rice are the first element of this impactful piece that immediately grabs the listener. In the first movement, Rice’s voice perfectly contrasts the smooth, rhythmic style of bassist Mikel Combs. The lyrics seem to regretfully, yet beautifully call back to the landmark Supreme Court decision in the 1857 Scott vs. Sanford trial, as well as stanzas from the Antwon Rose poem, “I AM NOT WHAT YOU THINK!”.
As the song soulfully glides along, various movements begin to emerge. Riddled with astute time signature changes, it seems as though composer and drummer Davis is posing a series of questions through each sequence. “Have things really changed since 1857 up to the untimely demise of Rose in 2018?” The time signature transitions back and forth between the meters of 3 and 5 that elude to the 3/5ths Compromise begs the question: “What is the true worth of an African American in our country?” The ringing of a single note on the piano demands an answer on behalf of all who have been oppressed: “When? When? WHEN?! WHEN will this EVIL cycle of racism and brutality stop?!” Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins gives a virtuoso performance throughout the record but does an absolute phenomenal job of allowing the sound of his horn to become the voice of the plight and crux of the emotion for the listener. At one point, his sax screams and captures the sound of a mother receiving the horrific news that her son has been taken from her too soon. It embodies the screams of slaves who were whipped and echoes the sounds of torment from “free” men who were lynched.
Like Dred Scott, this intricate piece of art boldly asks the tough questions, challenges the status quo, and forces the listener the think beyond the parameters they have grown accustomed to. This song was made to alter every mind, every soul it comes in contact with. If you’re looking for another jazz song, this isn’t the track for you. But if you’re looking for
an experience….look no further than 1857…Antwon Rose.

-T.H. Grooms
Rochelle Rice - Vocals
Immanuel Wilkins - Sax
Mike King - Rhodes/Organ/Piano
Mikel Combs - Bass
Negah Santos - Percussion
Jaron Lamar Davis - Composer/Drums

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