Marquis Hill explores self-love on new album, ‘Love Tape’

The trumpeter’s eighth studio offering.

Last Friday, trumpeter Marquis Hill released Love Tape, his eighth studio album and a tender exploration of self-love over nine slow-burning tracks.

Before making Love Tape, Hill embarked on a unique research project: He interviewed women and listened to interviews with singers Eartha Kitt, Phylicia Rashad and Abbey Lincoln where they discussed love. “Women are an essential part of who we are,” Hill said in a statement, “yet their opinions are often overlooked and disregarded.” Some snippets of the interviews are weaved into the album, such as on the highlight “Beautiful Us.”

On Love Tape, Hill was backed by drummer Marcus Gilmore, pianist/keyboardist Michael King and bassist Junius Paul. Guests Josh Johnson and Christie Dashiell help close out the record on “A New Life” and “Wednesday Love,” respectively.

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