Tain and I started a 16 piece band that is performing next weekend (Jan 19-20) at the Jazz Standard NYC. All of the arrangements are mine…mostly Tain’s music with a few by Kenny Kirkland, Michael Brecker and myself. The band is outstanding!!
My composition “Daize” has been included in the 5 cd set release “The NYFA Collection” 25 Years of New York Music. released this month by Innova Recordings.
The multiple discs feature works by 52 composers, all of whom are NYFA Fellows. The whole set is only $30 and you can buy the tracks on iTunes also. The performance of my piece is by; Laura Kahle- pocket trumpet, Yosvany Terry- alto sax, JD Allen- tenor sax, Orlando le Fleming- bass, Jeff “Tain” Watts- drums. Enjoy!
Sketches of Spain - Miles Davis & Gil Evans
Plantation Lullabies - Meshell Ndegeocello
A Love Supreme - John Coltrane
There’s a Riot Goin’ On - Sly & the Family Stone
Black Saint & the Sinner Lady - Charles Mingus
The Far East Suite - Duke Ellington
Fulfillingness’ First Finale - Stevie Wonder
The Shape of Jazz to Come - Ornette Coleman
Live simply so others may simply live.
I have had the great fortune to travel throughout my life….
Morea, Tahiti 2005
San Juan, 2006
Bangkok, Thailand 2008
all photos by Jeff Watts