Julius Rodriguez has come a long way since building up his jazz chops at the Smalls Jazz Club in New York at the age of 11. He’s since spent time as a member of the Onyx Collective, collaborated with members of the Wu-Tang Clan, and dropped out of Julliard to tour with rapper A$AP Rocky.
Now, the 23-year-old pianist, drummer, producer and composer has announced his debut album Let the Sound Tell All, coming out this summer on Verve Records.
Let the Sound Tell All is described as a daring statement about what the future of jazz can be. Mixing gospel, hip hop, pop, classical and R&B with experimental production techniques, Rodriguez has taken the vision of his project all the way. He wears his influences on his sleeve — including Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Solange, James Blake and Sampha — and weaves them into the building blocks of his experimentations.
You can listen to the lead single Gift of the Moon below.