Labyrinth features original compositions for jazz quintet and a 40-piece chamber orchestra. The album presents some of the finest improvising musicians in the world today (Ben Monder - guitars, Jacob Sacks - piano, Thomas Morgan - bass, Tyshawn Sorey - drums, and Jacam Manricks - saxophones and woodwinds) with lush orchestral backing on several tracks.
Labyrinth was recorded at Bennett Studios in New Jersey and released May 22nd 2009 on the Manricks Music record label. The album has received over 20 reviews in major jazz media magazines, websites and newspapers around the world.
“(Manricks) does for jazz what author Walt Whitman did for existentialism, he gives the genre meaning that people can relate to and apply to their own lives.” –Jazz Times, Susan Frances
“(Manricks is) A composer beyond the confines of genre perception... mellifluous...meditative... beautifully contoured...An impressive collection of pieces” –DownBeat, Micheal Jackson
“...He (Manricks) references Debussy, Schoenberg and Ravel, as well as Gil Evans, creating distinctively personal compositions whose lucid development, despite their complexity, makes them remarkably accessible... Heʼs also a very individual, cliche-free soloist...” 5 stars –The Irish Times Reviewed, Ray Comiskey