Adler has also released a Trio date, titled "Binary", at the same, whose five short tracks feature the drummer in conversation with the Argentinean-born Leibson and bassist Jost. Both are available by going to brianshankaradler.bandcamp.com.
The Quintet will play two sets - 8:30 and 10 p.m. - you can get more information by going to firehouse12.com or calling 203-785-0468.
The first set starts at 8:30 p.m. and it should be chock-full of good music and smart interactions.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts 60 minutes later. For more information, go to thesidedoorjazz.com or call 860-434-0886.
Glenn Close reads the words of Suu Kyi ("Water in Cupped Hands" ) and the subsequent music may remind some of Ellington's "Far East Suite" and the Duke's music impressions of his band's trip to the Middle and Far East (although they did not touch down in Myanmar, Burma in the time of his trip). Former Mayor of Atlanta, GA, and US Ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young reads an excerpt from Nelson Mandela's 1994 Inaugural Address. The song title, "The Time for The Healing of the Wounds", is so hopeful and the music that follows blends South African and reggae rhythms. Trombonist Chris Crenshaw not only plays the melody but reiterates the words that Ambassador Young had read just moments before. The piece brings the album to a loping close, an easy rhythmic gait that fades on on the trombone's swagger.
"Presidential Suite" will mean many things to different people but the words plus the music remind us that America can be great when our leaders work to unite citizens. Even when this country's (and the others represented on this album) problems are front-and-center, we have had leaders step up to inspire us. This music, with many songs based on the rhythms and words of African Americans, fills one with hope even in treacherous times. Ted Nash has done listeners a great service with this music, illustrating that words and music can have a positive effect on us all. Please listen.
For more information, go to www.presidential-suite.net. The album package comes with an excellent booklet plus a second disk of the music without the spoken words.
Ted Nash - conductor, arranger, alto sax, soprano sax
Sherman Irby - alto sax, flute, alto flute
Charles Pillow - alto sax, flute, clarinet, soprano sax
Victor Goines - tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto flute
Walter Blanding - tenor sax, soprano sax, clarinet
Paul Nedzela - baritone sax, bass clarinet
Ryan Kisor (lead), Kenny Rampton, Marcus Printup, Greg Gisbert
Vince Gardner (lead), Chris Crenshaw, Eliot Mason
Acoustic & Electric Bass:
Drums & Percussion:
Zach Adelman (percussion on "Water in Cupped Hands")
Ansel Scholl (cowbell on "The Time for The Healing of the Wounds")