"The Baylor Project's "Laugh and Move On" is indeed soul food and musical medicine."

by Butta

SONIC SOUL (Germany)

Eine frau, ein Mann, ein Projekt. Jean und Marcus Baylor. Sie ist seit Jahren im Zwischenraum zwischen Soul und Jazz unterwegs, nachdem sie als Teil des R&B-Nu-Soul Zhané Duos in den 90ern bereits für Furore sorgte. Er sorgte für das Rhythmus-Rückgrat der Smooth-Fusion-Jazz Formation Yellowjackets, war aber auch stets auf Tour mit Kenny Garrett, John Scofield, Cassandra Wilson, Joshua Redman oder Christian McBride. Das „The Journey“ Debut des Baylor Projects ist ein umfassendes Jazz-Soul-Gospel-Funk Album, dass in der Jahresendabrechnung 2017 weit vorn stehen wird. Vorher aber ein auf das Wesentliche reduziertes Video – „Laugh And Move On“ ist ganz fein arrangierte Jazz-Soul Melange. Piano, Bass und Schlagzeug begleiten gekonnt, die famose Jean gibt ihr Bestes – Arrangement und Produktion setzen dazu ganz auf die Stärke eines wunderbaren Songs. Passend dazu sehen wir eine Schwarz-Weiß-Film Komposition. Perfekte Einheit und Harmonie.

by Sonic Soul


SOUL TRACKS (First Look Video)

The Baylor Project is stunning on "Laugh and Move On". Marcus and Jean have now released a cool video for the ballad, “Laugh and Move On.” Set in a starkly white studio, with nothing but the artists playing and Jean standing at the microphone, the video is a stunning accompaniment to a beautiful song.

by Soul Tracks


Sonny & Cher, Captain & Tennille and Kindred the Family Soul are just a few of our favorite married musical duos from over the years, and now we're adding another to the list with The Baylor Project. The husband and wife team made up of world-class drummer Marcus Baylor and out-of-this-world vocalist Jean Baylor are getting ready to release their debut album, The Journey, in early 2017.

by Butta

Chicago Defender (Newspaper)

“I heard a quote, ‘If you want to know what African American people are going through, check out the music of that time period.’ I feel like that in some kind of way, our music and sound reflect what we’re dealing with as a people."

by Mary L. Datcher

Modern Drummer (Magazine)

"A former Yellowjacket and his creative/life partner drop a funky and finely detailed collection that isn’t shy to show a little tenderness or to head down lots of creative avenues."

by Robin Tolleson

Jazz Da Gama (Canada)

"God is in The House ever after. You’re in church, at a carnival, in the club, at the Jook Joint; indeed you’ll want to be wherever The Baylor Project is."

by Raul Da Gama

The Temple News (Temple University)

"Former lacrosse player and husband make music: ’This is what we were born to do’"

“Other genres, pop, R&B, rock, they’re usually tied to the hook and tied to the catchiness of the music that someone is going to repeat over and over again, where jazz isn’t that type of situation,” Jean said. “For me, it was coming full circle back into jazz music, but as we got further into the project, we realized that we just kind of wanted to tell our story as individuals and as a unit.”

by Evan Easterling

Urban Music Scene

Married musicians vocalist Jean Baylor and drummer Marcus Baylor have created a captivating “project” that meets at the 3-way intersection of Jazz, Gospel and Legacy. Brimming with aural snapshots of their individual roots and the sacred space where they come together, it is a very unique album that soothes the soul and takes some standards into sumptuous realms of mistiness.

by A. Scott Galloway

Jazz FM (Bulgaria)

"The Journey" is a journey of Jean and Marcus Baylor back to the deep world of the artist and to the layers and the things moving it and make it meaningful. "The Journey" is a journey for the listener, led by skilled storytellers. The project is marked by intimacy and sharing, and some of the songs sound like a prayer."