Grammy® Nominated Billy Childs' "The Winds of Change" - A Journey into the Heart of Jazz

Article Contributed by Jazz Promo Services | Published on Friday, December 29, 2023

In an exhilarating blend of creativity and homage, 5-time Grammy® Award-winner Billy Childs unveils his latest masterpiece, "The Winds of Change". Nominated for the Best Jazz Instrumental Album at this year's Grammy® Awards, the album marks Childs' third release under Mack Avenue Records.

Star-Studded Quartet

Joining forces with the legendary pianist and composer are some of jazz's most revered artists:

    Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire
    Bassist Scott Colley
    Drummer Brian Blade

This all-star quartet navigates through five new original compositions by Childs, breathing new life into jazz classics. The album features riveting arrangements of Chick Corea’s “Crystal Silence” and Kenny Barron’s “The Black Angel”, each piece a testament to the group's synergy and innovation.

A Tribute to Jazz Greats

"The Winds of Change" is more than an album; it's a tribute to the legends of jazz, pushing the boundaries of the genre and celebrating the artistry that has shaped it. It's a blend of respect for the past and a bold step into the future of jazz music.

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Producer and Line-Up

Produced by Billy Childs himself, the album showcases his virtuosic skills on the piano, complemented by the dynamic trumpet of Ambrose Akinmusire, the deep grooves of Scott Colley's bass, and the intricate rhythms of Brian Blade's drums.

Critical Acclaim

"The Winds of Change" has already garnered critical acclaim. As quoted by THE JAZZ WORLD, "With 5 GRAMMY® Awards, Childs again shows why he is a celebrated jazz artist throughout the project".

About Billy Childs

A musical prodigy since his teenage years, Billy Childs, born in 1957, has been a multi-genre force in the music world. His journey from being Freddie Hubbard’s pianist to a celebrated solo artist is a story of relentless passion and creativity. A USC graduate in musical composition, Childs' career is studded with numerous accolades, including Grammy® awards, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and numerous commissions, notably for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.