For his 20th album as a leader, Kenny Garrett combines the musical history of Detroit with the rich influence of his ancestry.

Sounds From the Ancestors is the alto saxophonist and composer’s fifth album with Mack Avenue; it follows 2016’s Do Your Dance.

The album reflects the tradition of jazz, R&B and gospel in Garrett’s hometown of Detroit while reverberating with both ancestral and contemporary sounds pulled from France, Cuba, Nigeria and Guadeloupe.

“The concept initially was about trying to get some of the musical sounds that I remembered as a kid growing up — sounds that lift your spirit from people like John Coltrane, A Love Supreme; Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace; Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On; and the spiritual side of the church,” Garrett says. “When I started to think about them, I realized it was the spirit from my ancestors.”