about the album
Inward Looking Outward began with a flash of inspiration as JJ reflected on spirituality and physicality, and sought to find the center of these themes. The 'JTC' in the tracks stands for 'Journey Towards Christ', and were regionally titled in the order of composition. As the album progressed, the concept of taking the listener on a journey unfolded and the tracks were reordered. The cover songs were added as a representation of both JJ's deep emotional bond with the music and as signposts for the listener a reminder that we are all here together on this earth.
about the artist
J.J. Wright's style cannot be easily categorized. Trained as a jazz improvisor at the New School for Jazz in NYC, he's also passionate about sacred music. Palestrina and Bach vie with Monk and Cannonball Adderley as just a few of his harmonic and melodic inspirations. While with the U.S. Naval Academy Band, Wright performed for the President -- as well as several other high-profile diplomatic gigs -- and with the Caribbean Jazz Project: Afro Bop Alliance, recording and performing with vibraphonist Dave Samuels, which was nominated for a GRAMMY and won a Latin GRAMMY. He recently recorded his debut album of original compositions and covers from Jon Brion, Sufjan Stevens, and Phil Collins. He is joined by Nate Wood on drums and Ike Sturm on bass and will release the album in conjunction with a U.S. tour in August 2014. J.J. is Director of Music at Sacred Heart Parish, the crypt church underneath the University of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and is the editor and creator of Sacred Music at Notre Dame's online journal: Music and the Sacred.